Feb. 21, 2013
|4. Texas A&M||426.5|
|3. Texas A&M||659|
Gendron captured her first individual gold medal, winning the 200 freestyle in a career-best time of 1:43.22. It was the second-fastest time in UT history. She now has three career gold medals at the SECs.
Rairden swam the 100 butterfly for just the sixth time in his career, but it was good enough for a school record in 46.19 and a silver medal. He has been a part of all the Vols' silver medals at the SECs.
Gendron turned up the intensity to finish the last race of the evening to swim past a field of Georgia competitors to take gold in the 200-yard freestyle at the Student Rec Natatorium.
"In the last 50, she took stock of where she was and she just decided she was going to get her hand on the wall," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "That was so powerful. It was a very loud and emphatic message to the rest of our team about how to present yourself during a race."
After three silver medals individually as a sophomore last season and numerous gold medals to her name as a part of relays, Gendron finally took first in one of her standout freestyle events.
Gendron set a new personal best time in an 1 minutes, 43.22 seconds, an NCAA A-cut qualifying standard.
"I was really looking forward to getting back in the pool," Gendron said. "I love the 200 freestyle and was happy to race again. Yesterday in the finals didn't go exactly how I expected but that's why I changed it for today, and good things happened.
Three days into the competition, the Lady Vols are still in fourth place with 557 points. Georgia leads with 790 points, followed by Florida (676), Texas A&M (659). The men dropped one spot to fifth with 421. Florida has 748 points for first, followed by Abuurn (630.5), Georgia (549) and Texas A&M (426.5).
Junior Samuel Rairden broke a school record in a practically brand-new event for him. Rairden was just beat out at the wall to take second in the 100 butterfly in 46.19 seconds.
Before the conference meet, the multitalented junior had only competed in the 100 fly one other time this season.
"That was a really selfless move by him to move from the 200 free to the 100 fly just to experiment," Kredich said. "Now we've got some information on what he should be doing at NCAAs. We know he can be great in a lot of events."
MEN'S 400 IM
In the B finals of the 400 IM, sophomore Tristan Slater placed tenth with a time of 3:45.75, beating his preliminary time of 3:48.90. Freshman Ryan Signorin finished sixteenth with a time of 3:52.46.
WOMEN'S 400 IM
On a day in which the freshman Lady Vols contributed much of the team's points and sheer manpower, Amanda Carnerwas one of the stars of the night. She finished 11th in the 400 IM in the second-fastest time in UT history (4:11.10)
MEN'S 100 FLY
Junior Samuel Rairden finished in second place in the A-final of the 100 Fly with a time of 46.19. In the B-final, Jacob Thulin claims 10th place with a time of 46.91 followed by Oystein Hetland in twelfth with a time of 47.04. All three swimmers beat their preliminary times from earlier in the day.
WOMEN'S 100 FLY
Senior Kelsey Floyd placed fourth in the 100 Fly A Final with a time of 52.05, beating her preliminary time by .30. In the B Final, freshman Mary Griffith finished with a time of 53.19 in ninth place. Faith Johnson ended in 16th with a 55.09 time.
MEN 3-METER DIVING
Senior Brent Sterling took seventh place in 3 meter diving with a final score of 356.85. After missing on his fourth dive, Sterling recovered on his last two dives but it was not enough to close the gap in a high-performing field to get back in medal contention.
"Brent showed so much competitiveness and did an outstanding job in the prelims, bouncing back from a missed dive to get into the final," diving coach Dave Parrington said. "It's just a gut-wrenching thing this evening because Brent has given so much and puts in every ounce that he can every single day and I really felt for him this evening."
MEN'S 200 FREE
With a 20th first place finish in the 200 free, freshman Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom had a 1:37.70 time. He was the Vols' only finalist in a race in which 29 swimmers in the prelims recorded at least an NCAA B-cut standard.
WOMEN'S 200 FREE
With a time of 1:43.22, junior Lindsay Gendron took home the gold in the A Final of the 200 free. In the B Final, Mary Griffith placed 16th in 1:47.18. In the C Final of the 200 free, Harper Bruens swam 1:46.87 to finish 17th, followed by Caroline Finkbeiner with a 1:48.22 finish.