UF wins sixth consecutive SEC swim and dive championship

United States' Caeleb Dressel celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Led by Olympic and world champion Caeleb Dressel, the Florida men’s swimming and diving team won their sixth consecutive SEC championship Sunday.

“It’s a fantastic blend of older, experience guys and a tremendous group of seniors and a fantastic younger group that is very together in what they do,” UF coach Gregg Troy said.

Dressel, a senior, won the male swimmer of the meet trophy and the commissioner’s trophy. Dressel rewrote the record books once again this meet, this time setting the US Open, NCAA and American records in the men’s 100 breaststroke with a time of 50.03 Saturday. On Thursday, Dressel set the US Open, NCAA and American records in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 1:38.13.

“He’s the whole package,” Troy said of Dressel. “He’s very coachable and focused in what he does. He’s a real team guy and a tremendous person to work with.”

On Sunday, Dressel set an SEC meet record to win the 100 free in 41.01. His own American record is 40.00.

Another Florida swimmer earned an individual victory Sunday. Senior Mark Szaranek won the 200 breast in 1:51.86.

Florida put the exclamation point on the meet by winning the final relay, and its fourth of the event, the 400 free in 2:47.06, with Dressel, Khader Baglah, Maxime Rooney and Szanarek.

The Gators totaled a stunning 1,237 points to finish more than 200 points ahead of runner-up Texas A&M, the meet host.

“Six-straight SEC championships is a remarkable accomplishment. Well done,” UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin wrote on his Twitter account.

In the women’s competition, Texas A&M won its third consecutive title. Georgia finished second, with UF coming in seventh.

2017 SEC Gold Medalists:

–        200 breast – Mark Szaranek – 1:51.86

o   School record

–        100 free – Caeleb Dressel – 41.01

o   SEC Meet record

–        400 free relay – Caeleb Dressel, Khader Baqlah, Maxime Rooney, Mark Szaranek – 2:47.06

–        100 breast – Caeleb Dressel – 50.03

o   American, NCAA, US Open, SEC Meet, Florida and pool record

–        400 medley relay – Bayley Main, Caeleb Dressel, Mark Szaranek, Jan Switkowski

–        100 fly – Jan Switkowski – 45.26

–        200 free – Khader Baqlah – 1:32.97

–        200 IM – Caeleb Dressel – 1:38.13

o   American, NCAA, US Open, SEC Meet and pool record

–        200 medley relay – Michael Taylor, Chandler Bray, Jan Switkowski, Caeleb Dressel – 1:22.94

o   New school record and new SEC Meet record

–        800 free relay – Jan Switkowski, Maxime Rooney, Khader Baqlah, Mark Szaranek – 6:12.06

o   SEC Meet record

2017 SEC Silver Medalists:

–        1650 free – Taylor Ault – 16:03.66

–        200 free – Maxime Rooney – 1:32.97

–        400 IM – Mark Szaranek – 3:37.50

–        200 free relay – Enzo Martinez-Scarpe, Caeleb Dressel, Jan Switkowski, Mark Szaranek

2017 Bronze Medalists:

–        1650 free – Blake Manganiello – 14:52.03

–        200 IM – Mark Szaranek – 1:41.00

–        500 free – Khader Baqlah – 4:14.48

History Made by Dressel:

–        With his three individual SEC Championships during the meet, Dressel finishes with 10 in his career – the most by any male swimmer in UF’s history.

–        He passed Marcin Cieslak (2010-14), Tom Dioguardi (1965-67), Martin Zubero (1988-91) and Ryan Lochte (2003-06) who all earned eight individual titles in their careers.

–        He set two American records during the meet in the 100 breast and 200 IM

o   He currently holds American records in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 100 breast