Lamp Repeats Gold on Platform

Feb. 22, 2013


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Men's Points
1. Florida 1,038
2. Auburn 823.5
3. Georgia 679
4. Tennessee 570.5
5. Missouri 531

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Women's Points
1. Georgia 1,058
2. Texas A&M 985
3. Florida 852.5
4. Tennessee 810
5. Auburn 657

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Junior // Knoxville, Tenn.

Lamp successfully defended her title in platform diving by nailing her final dive for 81 points. She has now won two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal the last two years at SECs.

Sophomore // Santa Rosa, Calif.

Hannis smashed the Tennessee school record by more than a second in the 100 breaststroke, swimming in 48.22. At the time, it was also a meet record.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Once again, the women's platform competition at the SEC Championships came down to junior Tori Lamp's final dive.

And once again, Lamp came up with the big points for gold.

With all the teams surrounding the diving well, Lamp hit her final dive for 81 points to break her own SEC meet record and surpass crowd favorite Jesse Macaulay of Texas A&M to retain her conference title.

Lamp, the Knoxville native, put together a five-dive list of 341.90, breaking her record of 335.40 set last year en route to winning her first gold in Knoxville. Freshman Samantha Lera, diving in her first career final, took fifth in a career-best 299.15.

The Lady Vols now have four gold medals in the SEC championships, three of them from individual performances. Junior Lindsay Gendron took first in the 200 freestyle Thursday by beating two national record holders from Georgia, and freshman Faith Johnson won the 50 freestyle.

In the team standings, the Lady Vols stayed in fourth while the Vols moved back to fifth place.

The Lady have closed the gap against third-place Florida, 852.5 to 810 points with one day to go in the meet. Georgia leads with 1,058. The Vols moved back in front of Missouri with 570.5 points. Florida leads the men's team scoring with 1,038.

One school record -- and temporarily a meet record -- belonged to sophomore Molly Hannis in the 100-yard breaststroke. She broke the UT record by more than a second and held the SEC record by swimming the prelims in 58.22, but the mark was tied by Texas A&M's Breeja Larson two heats later.

In the finals, Larson set the NCAA and American record in 57.43 and Hannis took second (58.24).

Junior Samuel Rairden earned his second individual silver of the meet, taking second in the 100 backstroke like he did a year before. He swam the finals in 46.07, while freshman Sean Lehane tied for sixth in 47.29.

Senior Kelsey Floyd took the Vols' other individual medal of the day, finishing third in the 200 butterfly (1:54.78) while fellow senior Brooke Watson took seventh (1:58.11).

The Vols and Lady Vols both won took third in the 400 medley relay.

Ryan Signorin in the C Final placed second with a time of 1:47.26, a new season and career best.

Tennessee's Kelsey Floyd takes bronze in the 200 Fly with a season's best 1:54.78, the 4th fastest in the nation. Brooke Watson finished seventh with a season high of 1:58.11. In the C Final Mary Griffith placed second with a 1:58.92, and Caroline Finkbeiner fourth with 2:00.44. New career bests were set by Griffith and Finkbeiner in the event.

"Having Brooke Watson get back in the 200 fly finals after missing it last year and really struggling, it looks like she put up a good time that will be competitive for NCAAs. For me, that was a the highlight of the morning," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said.

Samuel Rairden finished second (46.07) and Sean Lehane sixth (47.29) in 100 backstroke championship. Both times were respective career bests for each swimmer.

"Our male backstrokers were phenomenal with Sam Rairden and Sean Lehane," Kredich said. "Those guys put up elite times and great races.

WOMEN'S 100 BACKSTROKE,br> Lauren Solernou placed sixth in the A final with 52.63, Kate McNeilis finished 5th in B final with 53.49, and Maddie Hahn clinched 1st in C final with 53.45. Solernou, McNeilis, and Hahn all set new personal bests in the event.

In the B Final Renato Prono secured first with a 53.09 and Ed Walsh second with 53.40. Both swam new personal bests in the event, and Prono put up ninth fastest time in nation this year in the race.

"The most exciting race from a team standpoint was Renato Prono and Ed Walsh going 1-2 in the B heat in the men's 100 breaststroke," Kredich said.

Tennessee's Molly Hannis takes silver with a 58.24 in the 100 breaststroke, rocketing to the fastest 50 split in history and new career best.

Tori Lamp set a new SEC as she defends her title as back-to-back championship with an overall score of 341.90. Samantha Lera finishing 5th with 299.15 also set a new personal best and the second-best score in Lady Vol history.

Sean Lehane, Renato Prono, Sam Rairden, and Ed Walsh brought in a season's best time of 3:09.20 to secure the bronze 400 medley relay.

Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Kelsey Floyd, and Lindsay Gendron put up a time of 3:31.80 in bronze medal effort. This time is a season best in the event.





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