Small Breaks 400 IM Record Again at NCAAs
March 17, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS -- Tennessee freshman Meghan Small lowered her school record in the 400-yard individual medley to finish ninth Friday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at IU Natatorium.

Small, who won the consolation final of the 200 IM on Thursday, did the same in the 400 IM on Friday night. She pulled away from the field with a strong freestyle leg to break her Tennessee record by more than half a second in 4 minutes, 4.30 seconds.

Senior Kira Toussaint took 16th overall in the 100 backstroke in 52.39.

The 200 medley relay team of Toussaint, Colleen Callahan, Erika Brown and Alex Cleveland took 14th in 1:37.31. Brown swam the butterfly leg after Madeline Banic could not compete in the evening session because of illness. She also did not race in the consolation final of the 100 butterfly.

Through three days of the meet, Tennessee is 22nd with 27 points. Stanford leads the field by more than 100 points with 374.5.

In diving, sophomore Rachel Rubadue was 41st on the 3-meter springboard (267.55).

The meet concludes Saturday with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay, platform diving and the 1650 freestyle.

TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Matt Kredich: "Last night was frustrating to get disqualified in that relay, but I was really impressed with the way they handled it. A lot of success at this meet is how people handle adversity. We've had a little bit of that, and I think our team has handled it well. Meghan was great again tonight winning the consolation final. Maddy did a great job getting a lane in the 100 fly and had a good split on the relay. With her getting sick tonight, that was another potential blow but the team stepped up. Erika gave us a great split on the butterfly leg, and Alex Cleveland stepped into Erika's spot. Kira didn't have the swim she wanted tonight but gave us a good split on the relay as well. We aren't quite hitting the levels we were aiming for this meet. We're just missing, but we're proud of the team for bouncing back. I think tomorrow could be good for us too."

 

 

 

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