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Rairden Finishes SECs with 3 Silver Medals

Feb. 23, 2013



RESULTS | PHOTOS

SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
MEDAL COUNT
Men's
Today 0 1 1
Total 0 5 2
Women's
Today 0 0 1
Total 4 4 6
TEAM STANDINGS
Men's Points
1. Florida 1,408
2. Auburn 1,196
3. Georgia 1,024
4. Tennessee 787.5
5. Missouri 779.5

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Women's Points
1. Georgia 1,420
2. Texas A&M 1,296
3. Florida 1,190.5
4. Tennessee 1,018
5. Auburn 860

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TOP PERFORMERS
Junior // Richmond, Va.

Rairden finished the SECs with three individual silver medals, wrapping up the meet Saturday by taking second in the 100 freestyle. He also finished second in the 100 backstroke and butterfly races.

Freshman // Naperville, Ill.

Lehane broke Olympian Tripp Schwenk's 1992 school record in the 200 backstroke (1:41.26) in the morning prelims. He earned his first career SEC individual medal, a bronze, in the evening.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Versatility was the name of the game for Tennessee junior Sam Rairden in his third SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Rairden earned a silver medal in his third different stroke Saturday, finishing second the 100-yard freestyle in 42.74 seconds to close out the conference meet.

By the end of the newly expanded five-day meet, Rairden played a role in six medals for the Vols between individual races and relays. He took silver in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, setting a school record in the fly in just the sixth time he ever swam the race in college.

In Tennessee's first season as a combined men's and women's program, the Vols finished fourth in the team standings with 787.5 points. Auburn's 16-title winning streak came to a close as Florida won the men's competition with 1,408 points.

In the women's final standings, the Lady Vols also finished fourth with 1,018 points. Georgia won the title with 1,420, followed by Texas A&M (1,296) and Florida (1,190.5).

After the meet, platform champion Tori Lamp was named SEC Diver of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Dave Parrington was voted the SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year.

Two school records fell during the morning preliminary session, one for the men and one for the women.

Freshman Sean Lehane, who has been a standout in the backstroke for the Vols all season, broke the second-oldest record in the Tennessee record book. He swam the 200 backstroke in 1:41.84 to beat Tripp Schwenk's old mark set in 1992. At the time he swam the race, the time was the fastest in the country this season but was later surpassed in the final prelim.

Lehane went on in the evening to take the bronze medal in the 200 backstroke, his first career individual medal.

Sophomore Molly Hannis, who set the school record in the 100 breaststroke on Friday, did the same in the 200 event on Saturday. She became the first Lady Vol to swim the 200 breaststroke in until 2:10, touching the wall in 2:08.78.

MEN'S 100 FREESTYLE
SamRairden (42.74-2nd A final), Ed Walsh (43.14-6th A final), JacobThulin (44.19-2nd C final), GustavAbergLedjstrom (44.20-3rd C final), and Troy Tillman (44.57-7th C) all set new personal bests in the 100 freestyle. SamRairden tied for silver in the event.

WOMEN'S 100 FREESTYLE
Times in the 100 freestyle were new career bests for LindsayGendron (48.27-4th A final), Faith Johnson (48.71-8th A final), and HarperBruens (49.16-6th B final). Caroline Simmons's time of 48.84, second in the B finals, was a new season high for her in the 100 freestyle.

MEN'S 200 BACKSTROKE
SeanLehane won bronze for Tennessee with a time of new personal best of 1:41.84.

WOMEN'S 200 BACKSTROKE
All three UT B final participants set new career best in the 200 back: AmandaCarner (1:55.94-4th),Maddie Hahn (1:56.60-6th), and AnnaDeMonte (1:57.20-7th). In the C finals, KateMcNeilis (1:55.79-3rd) and LaurenSolernou (1:56.32-4th) both set new season highs in the 200 back.

MEN'S 200 BREASTSTROKE
Tristan Slater finished second in the B finals of the 200 breast with a 1:57.35, a new career best.

WOMEN'S 200 BREASTSTROKE
MollyHannis finished fifth in the championship heat with a time of 2:09.40. In the morning prelims, she set the school record in 2:08.78.

MEN'S 400 FREE RELAY
Ed Walsh, Sam Rairden, Tristan Slater, and JacobThulin finished seventh with a time of 2:55.07, UT's fastest time of the season in the men's 400 freestyle relay.

WOMEN'S 400 FREE RELAY
Caroline Simmons, Faith Johnson, Harper Bruens, and LindsayGendron were the relay team for Tennessee getting bronze in the 400 freestyle relay with 3:14.18, season best for UT.

MEN'S 1650 FREESTYLE
Junior Sam Petersen improved his season-best time by more than 10 seconds, turning in an NCAA B cut time of 15:11.21 and finishing fifth in the mid-afternoon session. In the same heat, freshman Ben Miller had a time of 15:19.30, a career-best by six seconds. Both are top-10 times in program history. Freshman Bryce BeVier was 15:22.62 and fellow freshman Trevor Leland was 15:45.19.

 

 

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