Feb. 19, 2013
McGroarty earned her first SEC medal, taking second on the 3-meter springboard (355.10), where she has excelled all season.
Rairden swam the first leg of the Vols' 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays that both finished second. The 200 MR time was a school record (1:24.53)
After one day of competition, the women lead the team scoring with 131 points, followed by LSU with 111. The Vols are in fourth with 91 points; Auburn leads with 142.
The Lady Vols were responsible two of the three school records. They broke their previous SEC meet record 200-yard medley relay time by touching the wall in 1 minute, 35.08. They also set a new school record by nearly five seconds in the 800 freestyle relay (6:58.91) in a high-level race in which Georgia set the American record.
On the men's side, the Vols cruised to a school record of 1:24.53 in the 200 medley relay to finish second. They were also second in the 800 freestyle relay.
"Tonight was a great night for Tennessee swimming and diving, and I can't say I'm surprised," Tennessee coach Matt Kredich said. "Both our 200 medleys were school records, and that's awesome considering our history. We've got a shot to be better in both of those and that's exciting."
Junior Samuel Rairden swam the leadoff leg of the Vols' two relays. Not only were the swims both good for silver; the times also meant the Vols are assured of at least seven swimmers in the NCAA field, already more than the Tennessee men had last year.
"That was a really exciting day for us," Rairden said. "We had goals this season to be top three in both relays. We were second in both. That's right where we wanted to be."
For a look inside the events and how they unfolded:
Men's 1 meter final
In the first finals event of the 2013 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, Brent Sterling secured fourth place with a score of 370.60. This is a new career high for Sterling surpassing his previous mark of 348.23 against Georgia earlier this season (1/26/13).
"Brent did a fantastic job all day long," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Good prelims this morning and had a career high tonight on the 1 meter in an exceptional competition this evening. He came up just a little shy of being on the podium."
Men's 200 medley relay
Tennessee's relay team of Sam Rairden,Renato Prono,Oystein Hetland, and Ed Walsh brought home the silver in the 200 medley relay. Their time of 1:24.53 was a season best, new school record and second-fastest time in the nation this year.
Women's 200 medley relay
The gold medal team consisting of Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Kelsey Floyd, and Faith Johnson crushed the SEC record and their season high with a time of 1:35.08. Their time was the fastest recorded in the event this year.
Women's 3 meter final
Tennessee came to win with two divers medaling in the 3 meter dive. JodieMcGroarty placed second with a score of 355.10, while Tori Lamp scored 345.35 to bring home the bronze.
"Jodie and Tori did a fantastic job this evening, finishing the same as they did in the prelims," Parrington said. "Jodie was consistent all day long. Tori had to fight a little to get in the finals."
Men's 800 free relay
Tennessee continued their medal run by capturing silver in the Men's 800 freestyle relay. Sam Rairden, GustavAberg-Lejdstrom Tristan Slater, and SeanLehane put up a time of 6:20.13, a season high and second fastest time in the nation.
"That race was expertly executed by the men," Kredich said. "I'm really proud of the way they raced. They were smart."
Women's 800 free relay
UT closed the day strong with a bronze medal performance by Mary Griffith, Kate McNeilis, Kelsey Floyd, and Lindsay Gendron. With a time of 6:58.91, they set the school record with the third-fastest time in nation this year.
"The women didn't swim their smartest race but they just raced with a lot of passion and that was another school record," Kredich said.