Small, Banic Earn Gold on Day 2 of SECs
Feb. 15, 2017

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee freshman Meghan Small captured gold in the 200-yard individual medley and sophomore Madeline Banic followed suit in the 50 freestyle Wednesday at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

Through two days of action, the Tennessee women are in fifth place with 344 points. The men's squad sits in seventh place with 261.5 points after two days of competition.

Small broke the school and aquatic center record en route to a title in her first career individual event, holding off Texas A&M's Sydney Pickrem at the finish to win the 200 IM in 1 minute, 53.31 seconds.

Banic earned her first individual SEC title in the 50 freestyle to go along with three career relay golds. She led at the halfway point and came home in 21.54, setting a school record and posting the fastest time in the nation this season.

The sophomore from Midlothian, Va., was a bronze medalist in the event as a freshman. Senior teammate Kira Toussaint took sixth in 22.22.

Small and Banic returned to the podium at the end of the night, teaming up with Toussaint and Erika Brown for a bronze medal in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:27.96.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Small became Tennessee's second-ever champion in women's 200 IM, joining Jenny McGrath in 1990. Tennessee has now won eight 50 freestyle titles, the most of any swimming event. Faith Johnson was the team's most recent women's 50 freestyle champion in 2013. It is the first time the UT women have won multiple individual SEC gold medals in one SEC championship since last hosting the meet in 2012. That year, Tennessee won five individual titles.

WOMEN'S 500 FREESTYLE: Senior Morgan Dickson lowered her time by more than a second in the final of the 500 freestyle, placing 13th overall in 4:44.70 to score 14 points f1:53or the Vols. Senior Madeline Tegner was 22nd (4:47.50).

MEN'S 500 FREESTYLE: Freshman Taylor Abbott made good in his first career SEC final, taking 13th overall in 4:18.96, the sixth-fastest 500 freestyle time in program history. Freshman Marc Hinawi won the C final to take 17th overall in 4:19.35, which is now the seventh fastest mark by a Vol. Junior Sam McHugh was 19th overall in 4:19.82.

WOMEN'S 200 IM: Small lowered the Tennessee record twice Wednesday, once in the preliminaries and again in the finals in 1:53.31, an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Senior Colleen Callahan was faster in the finals, swimming 1:58.58 to take 19th overall.

MEN'S 200 IM: Redshirt junior Austin Hirstein was 21st overall in 1:46.78, picking up four points.

WOMEN'S 50 FREE: Tennessee rolled up 87 points in the 50 freestyle. In addition to Banic's victory and a sixth-place finish by Toussaint, Erika Brown threw down a career-best 22.33 to take second in the B final and 10th overall. Junior Alex Cleveland was 13th overall in 22.55.

MEN'S 50 FREE: Sophomore Kyle DeCoursey placed sixth in the 50 freestyle for the second consecutive year, finishing a just above his preliminary time of 19.25. Junior Ryan Coetzee won the C final to take 17th overall in a career-best 19.87.

WOMEN'S 200 FREE RELAY: The quartet of Kira Toussaint, Erika Brown, Meghan Small and Madeline Banic compiled the fourth fastest time in school history with a mark of 1:27.96 as they took third place.

MEN'S 200 FREE RELAY: The foursome of Ryan Coetzee, Kyle DeCoursey, Brage Verhage and Alec Connolly took sixth place with a time of 1:17.64.

 

 

 

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