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Tennessee Stuns Georgia on Senior Day



Jan. 26, 2013

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Tennessee has only seven seniors between the men's and women's teams this season, and it is additionally rare that three of those seniors are divers, who make up less than a fifth of the team. The large number of diving seniors made it an emotional day on the springboard for coaches and competitors.

The senior divers took advantage of the important stage as two of them came up winners and another set career bests. Brent Sterling swept the 1 meter (348.23) and 3 meter contests on the men's side, while McGroarty won the 3 meter for the women.

McGroarty edged out Georgia's Laura Ryan 343.50 to 335.70 on the 3-meter springboard. Tori Lamp took third in 319.35 and Samantha Lera was fourth in 300.68. McGroarty and Lamp finished in second on the 1 meter with identical scores of 293.63 .

"For Jodie to get up and win the three-meter against outstanding competition -- Laura Ryan from Georgia is a very highly-ranked diver -- it was an excellent win for her," Parrington said. "The rest of the team really dove well on the three-meter as well."

"Jodie said she felt the nerves going a little bit, so it was good for us to compete. It's good for us as we prepare for the championship season, which is really what this is all about."

Georgia only fielded one men's diver, so the Vols took full advantage of that in the team standings. Sterling won both competitions and senior Jordan Mauney was second in both events, getting career highs in the 1-meter (327.23) and 3-meter (347.63) competitions.

"On the men's side, Georgia's diver is not at the status that we're at and that's kind of unusual for them," Parrington said. "But for Brent to win both boards and Jordan had a career high on both boards so he really stepped up on his senior day. He's been out for a little bit, but I'm very pleased for our seniors and excited for the way we got up and competed."

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee swimming and diving squads upset the No. 2 Georgia women and No. 12 Georgia men in a thrilling Senior Day at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

The Lady Vols' ousted previously undefeated Georgia 161-139 while the Vols earned their team win by a similar score, 161.5-132.5, in the final home combined dual meet of the regular season.

"Georgia is a fantastic program with great tradition, and for us to be able to go toe to toe with them it means a lot," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "It's also a tribute to our seniors and the leaders on our team who just led the way today. The team that showed up for us is the team we've had all year long blossoming into what we were today."

Saturday's victory was historic for the Lady Vols, marking the team's first win over Georgia since Nov. 3, 1989. The 11th-ranked Lady Vols stayed unbeaten with a 7-0 (2-0 SEC) record.

In the win, some Lady Vols put forth characteristically solid performances and others stepped up their efforts even more to give UT the winning edge.

Junior Lindsay Gendron beat out Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt on her way to winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. Senior Kelsey Floyd swept the 100 and 200 butterfly events to stay perfect this year in those events while Molly Hannis kept up her season-long winning streak in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Freshman Faith Johnson continued her steady improvement by winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

For the UT men, the win was a complete turnaround from its loss on the road against Virginia Tech. The Vols (4-3, 2-0) put forth a strong effort in every race, including 1-2-3-4 finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races.

The Vols boasted a trio of two-event winners: junior Samuel Rairden in the 100 and 200 freestyle faces, freshman Sean Lehane in the 100 and 200 backstroke and senior Brent Sterling in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard competitions.

Senior Ed Walsh pitched in on his final home racing day by swimming under 20 seconds on his way to winning the 50 freestyle, then finishing behind Rairden to take second in the 100 freestyle.

The seven of Tennessee's seniors -- Floyd, Brooke Watson, Caroline Simmons and Jodie McGroarty for the women and Walsh, Sterling and Jordan Mauney for the men -- all contributed points toward the Rocky Top sweep.

"The way we swam today is the vision that I carry of this team," Kredich said. "As coaches, we have to see them for what they are capable of doing and then guide them towards that. Today, the coaches didn't have to do too much guiding. The team really took over.

"The way we performed today was certainly not a surprise at all. It sure was great to see though."

The Lady Vols have one more race at home, a dual meet Wednesday against Vanderbilt at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

INSIDE THE WOMEN'S RACES

All told, the Lady Vols won 12 of 16 events against Georgia, including both relays. Tennessee 200 medley relay team of Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Keley Floyd and Caroline Simmons started the meet off with a win in 1 minute, 38.71 seconds, and the Lady Vols were off to the races from there.

Junior Lindsay Gendron earned the Lady Vols' first individual win, beating out Allison Schmitt in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.63. Gendron later won the 500 freestyle in 4:44.04 and got second in the 400 IM.

Senior Kelsey Floyd certainly made the most of her final day, winning both butterfly events for the fifth time this season. She placed first in the 200 fly in 1:56.32 and later the 100 fly in 52.51.

Like Floyd in the butterfly, sophomore Molly Hannis stayed perfect in her speciality: the breaststroke. She has yet to lose a race in either event this year, winning the 100 for the eighth time (1:00.89) and the 200 for the seventh time (2:11.47).

This season's squad has featured freshmen excelling across the board, and Faith Johnson has absolutely shone in the sprint freestyles. On Saturday, she broke the 23-second mark in the 50 free for the first time this year, winning in 22.47, dropping her career-best time by more than half a second. She later followed that by winning the 100 freestyle in 49.71.

Junior Lauren Solernou was another individual winner for the Lady Vols, taking the 100 backstroke in 54.55.

INSIDE THE MEN'S RACES

On the men's side of competition, the Vols' won 10 of 16 events. That total included both relays and diving events.

Junior Samuel Rairden has been perhaps the Vols' best championship-season swimmer over the last two seasons. If his performance against Georgia is any indication, he is gearing up for another strong finish. He's excelled in both the freestyle and backstroke in his career, he stuck to the freestyles on Saturday, winning the 100 (43.97) and 200 (1:37.74).

Freshman Sean Lehane, who emerged as one of the Vols' top swimmers at the Tennessee Invitational in November, backed up that claim again Saturday. He swept both backstroke races, winning the 100 in 48.58 and the 200 in 1:44.69.

Senior Ed Walsh cracked the 20-second barrier in the 50 free for the first time this year, touching the wall in 19.99. He was also second in the 100 free.

The two sprint freestyles proved to be valuable point-getters for the Vols. Tennessee took the top four times in both races.

In other top performances, Oystein Hetland and Jacob Thulin took first and second in the 100 butterfly UT, with Hetland winning in 48.81.

TENNESSEE VS. GEORGIA
Tennessee 161.5, Georgia 132.5
Men's Results

200 Medley Relay: 1. Tennessee A (Rairden, Prono, Hetland, Walsh) 1:27.12; 2. Gerogia A (Stewart, Fink, Reynolds, Koski) 1:31.36; 3. Georgia B (Rodriguez, Rowe, Upchurch, Simmons) 1:31.62; 4. Tennessee C (Dagley, Cochran, McFall, Taylor) 1:32.76; Georgia C (Salyers, Onken, Alaskari, Sweeney) 1:33.12.

1650 Free: 1. Andrew Gemmell, UGA, 15:17.87; 2. Will Freeman, UGA, 15:20.31; 3. Ben Miller, UT, 15:25.03; 4. Garrett Powell, UGA, 15:27.25; 5. Sam Petersen, UT, 15:44.19' 6. E. Yildirimer, UGA, 15:47.98; 7. Bryce BeVier, UT, 15:54.89; N/A Trevor Leland, UT, 16:16.05.

200 Free: 1. Samuel Rairden, UT, 1:37.74; 2. Shane Kleinbeck, UT, 1:38.87; 3. Jameson Hill, UGA, 1:39.41; 4. Conor Sweeney, UGA, 1:39.67; 5. Alec Cohen, UGA, 1:39.86; 6. Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, UT, 1:40.24; 7. Matias Koski, UGA, 1:40.68; 8. Troy Tillman, UT, 1:42.67.

100 Back: 1. Sean Lehane, UT, 48.57; 2. A. Rodriguez, UGA, 48.72; 3. Tynan Stewart, UGA, 49.27; 4. Jimmy Dagley, UT, 50.49; 5. Jared Markham, UGA, 50.51; 6. Luke Upchurch, UGA, 51.73; 7. Timothy Wylie, UT, 52.32; N/A Carl Svagerko, UT, 53.28.

100 Breast: 1. Nicolas Fink, UGA, 54.74; 2. Renato Prono, UT, 54.90; 3. Tristan Slater, UT, 55.40; 4. Spencer Rowe, UGa, 56.56; 5. Thomas Cochran, UT, 57.61; 6. Brett Roberson, UGA, 57.80; 7. Derek Onken, UGA, 58.30.

200 Fly: 1. Chase Kalisz, UGA, 1:46.89; 2. Yousef Alaskari, UGA, 1:49.16; 3. Ryan Signorin, UT, 1:49.93; 4. Will Freeman, UGA, 1:51.41; 5. Ben Myhre, UT, 1:51.62; 6. Ben Miller, UT, 1:51.86; 7. Andrew Gemmell, UGA, 1:53.60; 8. Drew Peterson, UT, 1:54.47.

50 Free: 1. Ed Walsh, UT, 19.99; 2. Oystein Hetland, UT, 20.26; 3. Isaac Taylor, UT, 20.54; 4. Chris Sadsad, UT, 20.63; 5. Matt Ellis, UGA, 20.89; 6. Jameson Hill, UGa, 21.11; 7. Doug Reynolds, UGA, 21.38; 8. John Simmons, UGA, 21.70.

1 Meter Diving: 1. Brent Sterling, UT, 348.23; 2. Jordan Mauney, UT, 327.23; 3. Bobby Chambless, UGA, 267.30.

100 Free: 1. Samuel Rairden, UT, 43.97; 2. Ed Walsh, UT, 44.45; 3. Troy Tillman, UT, 44.97; 4. Shane Kleinbeck, UT, 45.87; 5. Jameson Hill, UGA, 46.11; 6. Matt Ellis, UGa, 46.33; 7. Alec Cohen, UGa, 46.98; 8. John Simmons, UGa, 47.92.

200 Back: 1. Sean Lehane, UT, 1:44.69; 2. Tynan Stewart, UGA, 1:46.06; 3. A. Rodriguez, UGa, 1:48.51; 4. Jared Markham, UGA, 1:49.23; 5. Nick Salyers, UGA, 1:49.49; 6. Jimmy Dagley, UT, 1:50.87; 7. Timothy Wylie, UT, 1:54.37.

200 Breast: 1. Chase Kalisz, UGA, 1:58.09; 2. Nicolas Fink, UGa, 2:00.13; 2. Tristan Slater, UT, 2:00.13; 4. Spencer Rowe, UGa, 2:03.61; 5. Brett Roberson, UGa, 2:06.58; 6. Renato Prono, UT, 2:10.72; 7. Thomas Cochran, UT, 2:11.78.

500 Free: 1. Matias Koski, UGA, 4:26.50; 2. Andrew Gemmell, UGA, 4:26.81; 3. Will Freeman, UGA, 4:26.85; 4. Ben Miller, UT, 4:30.52; 5. Garrett Powell, UGA, 4:31.86; 6. Ryan Signorin, UT, 4:32.96; 7. Sam Petersen, UT, 4:37.12; 8. Bryce BeVier, UT, 4:39.81.

100 Fly: Oystein Hetland, UT, 48.81; 2. Jacob Thulin, UT, 49.25; 3. Yousef Alaskari, UGA, 49.60; 4. Chris Sadsad, UT, 49.63; 5. Doug Reynolds, UGA, 49.84; 6. Ryan McFall, UT, 50.09; 7. Matt Ellis, UGA, 50.56; 8. Luke Upchurch, UGA, 53.20.

3 Meter Diving: 1. Brent Sterling, UT, 349.05; 2. Jordan Mauney, UT, 347.63; 3. Bobby Chambless, UGA, 241.43.

400 IM: 1. Chase Kalisz, UGA, 3:49.82; 2. Tristan Slater, UT, 3:53.06; 3. Tynan Stewart, UGA, 3:56.37; 4. Derek Onken, UGA, 3:57.37; 5. Jared Markham, UGA, 3:57.75; 6. Sean Lehane, UT, 4:00.20; 7. Ryan Signorin, UT, 4:00.94; 8. Ben Myhre, UT, 4:05.58.

200 MR: 1. Tennessee A (Hetland, Rairden, Tillman, Walsh) 1:20.38; 2. Tennessee B (Sadsad, Taylor, Aberg Ledjstrom, Thulin) 1:21.22; 3. Georgia A (Fink, Koski, Hill, Ellis) 1:21.97; 4. Georgia C (Rodriguez, Sweeney, Salyers, Alaskari) 1:24.00; 5. Tennessee C (Kleinbeck, Prono, Dagley, Wylie) 1:24.99; 6. Georgia C (Reynolds, Simons, Cohen, Upchurch) 1:25.59.

Women's Results
Tennessee 161, Georgia 139

200 Medley Relay: 1. Tennessee A (Solernou, Hannis, Floyd, Simmons) 1:38.71; 2. Georgia A (Romano, Margalis, Harrington, Graber) 1:40.47; 3. Georgia B (Gaid, Molnar, Locus, Van Landeghem) 1:43.48; 4. Tennessee B (McNeilis, DeMonte, Watson, Thompson ) 1:46.49; 5. Tennessee C (Gaeckle, Carner, Kiger, Pitman) 1:47.87.

1650 Free: 1. Amber McDermott, UGA, 16:07.44; 2. Britta MacLean, UGA, 16:14.03; 3. Sommers Creed, UGA, 17:14.52; 4. Caroline Finkbeiner, UT, 17:25.77; 5. Grace Ann Sanderson, UT, 17:45.42.

200 Free: 1. Lindsay Gendron, UT, 1:44.63; 2. Allison Schmitt, UGA, 1:45.10; 3. Shanna Vreeland, UGA, 1:49.06; 4. Mary Griffith, UT, 1:49.59; 5. Jordan Mattern, UGA, 1:50.37; 6. Harper Bruens, UT, 1:50.60; 7. Olivia Boggs, UGA, 1:52.72.

100 Breast: 1. Molly Hannis, UT, 1:00.89; 2. Melan Margalis, UGA, 1:01.72; 3. Annie Zhu, UGA, 1:02.23; 4. Shannon O'Malley, UGA, 1:03.94; 5. Megan Molnar, UGA, 1:03.96; 6. Cherelle Thompson, UT, 1:09.56.

100 Back: 1. Lauren Solernou, UT, 54.55; 2. Megan Romano, UGA, 55.18; 3. Kelsey Gaid, UGA, 55.67; 4. Kate McNeilis, UT, 55.75; 5. Madison Hahn, UT, 56.17; 6. Anna DeMonte, UT, 56.58; 7. Nicole Vernon, UGA, 57.72; 8. Anna Neumeister, UGA, 57.84.

200 Fly: 1. Kelsey Floyd, UT, 1:56.32; 2. H. Flickinger, UGA, 1:58.48; 3. Lauren Harrington, UGA, 2:00.34; 4. Mary Griffith, UT, 2:02.14; 5. Brooke Watson, UT, 2:02.90; 6. Courtney Peters, UGA, 2:03.43; 7. Amanda Carner, UT, 2:03.66; 8. Sommers Creed, UGA, 2:07.65.

50 Free: 1. Faith Johnson, UT, 22.47; 2. Madeline Locus, UGa, 22.87; 3. Megan Romano, UGa, 22.91; 4. Harper Bruens, UT, 23.10; 4. Caroline Simmons, UT, 23.10; 6. Jessica Graber, UGA, 23.21; 7. Van Landeghem, UGa, 23.36; 8. Heather Kiger, UT, 24.26.

3 Meter Diving: 1. Jodie McGroarty, UT, 343.50; 2. Laura Ryan, UGA, 335.70; 3. Tori Lamp, UT, 319.35; 4. Samantha Lera, UT, 300.68; 5. Ann-Perry Blank, UGa, 291.83; 6. Ansley Long, UGa, 269.48.

100 Free: 1. Faith Johnson, UT, 49.71; 2. Allison Schmitt, UGA, 49.81; 3. Harper Bruens, UT, 50.15; 4. Shannon Vreeland, UT, 50.36; 5. Caroline Simmons, UT, 50.99; 6. Van Landeghem, UGa, 51.02; 7. Jessica Graber, UGA, 51.74; N/A Heather Kiger,, UT, 53.04.

200 Back: 1. H. Flickinger, UGa, 1:58.33; 2. Kelsey Gaid, UGa, 1:59.39; 3. Madison Hahn, UT, 1:59.48; 4. Lauren Solernou, UT, 1:59.99; 5. Anna DeMonte, UT, 2:00.0; 6. Brittany MacLean, UGA, 2:00.76; 7. Kate McNeilis, UT, 2:00.96; 8. Anna Neumeister, UGA, 2:03.66.

200 Breast: 1. Molly Hannis, UT, 2:11.47; 2. Melanie Margalis, UGA, 2:13.15; 3. Annie Zhu, UGA, 2:13.16; 4. Shannon O'Malley, UGA, 2:19.02; 5. Olivia Boggs, UGA, 2:19.95; 6. Erin Gaeckle, UT, 2:32.17.

500 Free: 1. Lindsay Gendron, UT, 4:44.04; 2. Amber McDermott, UGA, 4:49.52; 3. Allison Schmitt, UGA, 4:50.04; 4. Mary Griffith, UT, 4:51.21; 5. Shannon Vreeland, UGA, 4:54.68; 6. Jordan Mattern, UGA, 4:58.25; 7. Caroline Finkbeiner, UT, 4:59.53; 8. Grace Anne Sanderson, UT, 5:13.73.

100 Fly: 1. Kelsey Floyd, UT, 52.51; 2. Lauren Harrington, UGA, 54.29; 3. Madeline Locus, UGA, 55.71; 4. Heather Kiger, UT, 56.31; 5. Brooke Watson, UT, 56.37; 6. Faith Johnson, UT, 56.51; 7. Courtney Peters, UGA, 57.45.

1 Meter Diving: 1. Laura Ryan, UGA, 299.63; 2. Tori Lamp, UT, 293.63; 2. Jodie McGroarty, UT, 293.63; 4. Ann-Perry Blank, UGA, 290.48; 5. Samantha Lera, UT, 264.98; 6. Ansley Long, UGA, 248.03.

400 IM: 1. Melanie Margalis, UGA, 4:11.07; 2. Lindsay Gendron, Ut, 4:12.93; 3. Annie Zhu, UGA, 4:13.78; 4. H. Flickinger, UGA, 4:18.77; 5. Amanda Carner, UT, 4:20.44; 5. Nicole Vernon, UGA, 4:21.01; 7. Anna DeMonte, UT, 4:26.39; 8. Brooke Watson, UT, 4:32.31.

200 FR: 1. Tennessee A (Simmons, Johnson, Floyd, Gendron) 1:29.70; 2. Georgia A (Locus, Graber, Schmitt, Romano) 1:30.26; 3. Georgia B (Harrington, Van Landeghem, Vreeland, Boggs) 1:33.10; 4. Tennessee B (Bruens, Griffith, Thompson, McNeilis) 1:33.23.

 

 

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