March 20, 2014
|Women||1st Team||Hon. Mention|
|4. Southern California||103|
|5. Texas A&M||86.5|
Johnson had the busiest day among all the Lady Vols, earning three trips to the awards podium. She finished eighth in the 50 freestyle and was a part of Tennessee's 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay.
Gendron earned her 19th and 20th career All-America honors as part of the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. She earned seven All-America honors last season, the most an individual can earn at NCAAs
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Tennessee placed in the top eight in two relays and an individual race Thursday to open the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Minnesota Aquatic Center.
After the first day of the three-day meet, Tennessee is in sixth place in the team standings with 74 points. Defending champion Georgia leads with 189 points.
On the first day of the NCAA meet last year, Tennessee won its first two relay titles in program history. While the Lady Vols were unable to repeat the feat this time around, they did collect key points by reaching the championship heat in both relays.
Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said all of the team's points were hard fought, collected over four different events. Individually, the UT collected 10 All-America honors, nine of them first team.
"We had a good morning and put ourselves in a position to do what we wanted to do tonight, which was to win," Kredich said. "We competed well, we fought hard. We made some mistakes.
"Certainly nothing came easy today, but we're in a good position. We're in the top six, and we've got some good events for us coming up tomorrow. Hopefully we can pull ourselves together tomorrow morning."
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Faith Johnson, Cherelle Thompson, Harper Bruens and Lindsay Gendron led off the first evening session with a fifth-place finish in a time of 1 minute, 27.69 seconds.
Johnson had the busiest schedule of all Tennessee's swimmers Thursday, swimming in the championship heat of the 50 freestyle in addition to competing on both the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams.
She finished eighth in the 50 freestyle in 22.01 from one of the outside lanes. She has finished in the top eight in the 50 freestyle in her first two years at Tennessee.
Gendron recorded her 19th and 20th career All-America honors as part of the two relays. She swims her first individual event Friday with the 200 freestyle. She reached the final in all three of her individual events last year.
Redshirt senior Tori Lamp wrapped up her afternoon of diving competition earlier than planned after just missing the championship final of the 1-meter springboard.
Lamp started slow in the preliminaries but scored more than 50 points on each of her last two dives. Her rally fell two points short of the top eight, and she finished ninth with 289.35. She won the consolation finals that immediately followed, remaining in ninth place overall with an improved score of 303.85.
"It was a very tight competition and Tori got off to a slow start in round one of the preliminaries," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "She made a run at it and just came up a few points short.
"I was proud of her fight in the compeitiion. Obviously, we would have loved to be in the finals, but I was pleased with the way she fought to win the consolation final."
The NCAA Championships resume Friday with preliminaries at noon Eastern. Events include the 200 medley relay, the 400 individual medley, the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, the 100 backstroke, the 800 freestyle relay and the 3-meter springboard.
ESPN3.com will stream Friday's finals beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.