Seniors Lead on Day 2 of NCAA Meet

March 21, 2014


Women 1st Team Hon. Mention
Today 6 5
Total 15 6

Women's Points
1. Georgia 369
2. Stanford 297
3. California 285
4. Texas A&M 226.5
5. Southern California 189
5. Tennessee 155

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Senior // Lexington, Ky.

Gendron earned the bronze medal in the 200 freestyle, smashing the school record by nearly a half second in 1:42.55. She reached the championship final the last three years at NCAAs and placed top 10 all four years.

Junior // Santa Rosa, Calif

Hannis reached her first individual championship final at the NCAA meet, taking sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 59.66 to score 13 points for Tennessee. She won the consolation heat of the event last year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Seniors Lindsay Gendron and Lauren Solernou led the way for Tennessee on Friday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Gendron put together a record-setting performance in the 200-yard freestyle, breaking the school record in a time of 1 minute, 42.55 seconds, to finish in third place. It was her best finish in the event, after placing sixth as a sophomore and fifth as a junior.

Solernou literally led off Tennessee's strong 200 medley relay team. The backstroker finished her relay career by helping UT to a silver medal to start the night session in 1:35.32.

Through two days of the meet, Tennessee remains in sixth place with 155 points, just one point ahead of Florida. Defending champion Georgia leads with 369 points.

Tennessee had opportunities to score big in multiple events Friday with more individuals competing in preliminaries than Thursday. Gendron and junior Molly Hannis reached the championship finals of their respective events and the 200 medley relay team turned in the top preliminary time.

The 200 medley relay team of Solernou, Hannis, Harper Bruens and Faith Johnson got things going for Tennessee at night. UT won the national title in the event last year and ended in second this time in a close race, edged out by Stanford in 1:34.95.

For Solernou, the race marked her final time at the front of Tennessee's medley relays. She helped UT to national titles in the 200 and 400 medley relays as a junior.

"Our seniors were definitely our leaders," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "Lauren had her best split ever in the 200 medley relay. She put us in the mix and gave us a chance to win. For us to finish second is a tremendous achievement. There were four great legs of that relay and hers really stood out."

Two events later, Gendron took her place at the starting blocks for the 200 freestyle. She broke Christine Magnusson's school record in the preliminaries and dropped her time again in the finals by nearly half a second, finishing third in 1:42.55.

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin of California won the race in an American- and NCAA-record 1:42.55.

"Lindsay put together by far the best 200 of her career in her last time to swim the event individually," Kredich said. "She broke the school record twice. I can't say enough great things about what she did for us tonight."

Junior Molly Hannis reached an NCAA individual championship final for the first time in her career, taking sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 59.66 while swimming in an outside lane.

For the second consecutive day, Tori Lamp finished her diving competition in the afternoon. After placing ninth on the 1-meter springboard Thursday, Lamp took 11th in the 3-meter competition with a six-dive score of 360.70. It was the highest 3-meter score for Lamp since 2012 when she set the school record in (381.85).

Lamp's best event, the platform, is coming up Saturday. She has placed second in the event at NCAAs the last two years.

Tennessee finished the day placing 11th in the timed final of the 800 freestyle relay. Another senior, Kate McNeilis, swam the third leg to help Tennessee finish in 7:06.20. Gendron, Johnson and Mary Griffith were also on the relay.

"Kate McNeilis stepped up and kept us in the mix for a top-eight finish," Kredich said. "We just missed it, but she swam a great leg."

Saturday's competition will feature the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 medley relay, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.





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