March 22, 2013
|Women||1st Team||Hon. Mention|
|5. Texas A&M||216|
McGroarty ended her diving career Friday by reaching the finals of the 3-meter springboard with Tori Lamp. She finished fifth in the competition and helped UT bag 26 team points off the springboard
Floyd is the only Lady Vol to have competed in every relay, and by extension, the only won who is a 3-time NCAA champion. She swam the butterfly leg of the Lady Vols' winning effort Friday in the 200 medley relay.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Entering the national meet, the Lady Vols had never won a national title in a relay in program history. By Friday evening, it nearly felt routine.
The Lady Vols picked up their third national relay title at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 34.95 seconds to open the evening session.
The team of Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Kelsey Floyd and Faith Johnson repeated their winning efforts from the SEC Championships last month, beating out second-place California by more than half a second.
Tennessee had won the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay on Thursday to open the meet.
"I think one of the things we did yesterday is that we brought a national championship to an everyday level," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "We can excel. This is what we do. We win championships. While it's extraordinary, it's not. Today, we saw the results of that."
The points briefly put the Lady Vols in first place in the team standings for the first time in the meet, ahead of SEC champion Georgia.
By the end of the night, the Bulldogs were back in the lead with 300 points with one day to go. California is second with 285, and the Lady Vols are third with 263.5.
Instead of looking to tomorrow night, Kredich said the team is putting a premium on the morning preliminary session. Friday, the Lady Vols missed out on a few championship heat opportunities because of some morning performances were a little off.
"Tomorrow morning is our finals," Kredich said. "If we don't swim well, we don't advance. We need to be as ready, excited, focused and determined as we can."
Junior Lindsay Gendron swam the only individual A final for the Lady Vols, taking fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:43.77 to earn All-America honors. Georgia placed three swimmers in the top four of the race, including champion Allison Schmitt, to earn major points in the race.
In consolation, senior Kelsey Floyd finished 11th in the 100 butterfly (52.05). Sophomore Molly Hannis missed the A Final of the 100 breaststroke by a hundredth of a second and won the consolation race in 58.84. The time would have been good for third in the championship heat.
The divers contributed 26 points to the Lady Vols' cause in the team standings. Once again, Jodie McGroarty and Tori Lamp earned first-team All-America honors by reaching the finals. McGroarty took fifth (344.45) and Lamp came in seventh (321.55).
"Both did a great job in the prelims earlier," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Jodie got a big dive when she needed to and did just that. In the finals, both of them were a little off their game. They didn't dive poorly, but it put them out of medal contention."
The contest marked the end of McGroarty's impressive season and career. The fifth-year senior put together her best championship run of her career, taking silver on the 3 meter at the SEC Championships, bronze on the 1 meter on Thursday at the NCAAs and then reaching the national finals of the 3 meter.
"I couldn't be more proud to see Jodie make both finals here as a senior," Parrington said. "It's a testament to how much she's worked."
Lamp now turns her attention to her best event, the platform, on Saturday.