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Gendron Breaks 2 UT Records to End NCAAs

March 23, 2014


NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALL-AMERICAN COUNT
Women 1st Team Hon. Mention
Today 7 1
Total 22 7

Women's Points
1. Georgia 528
2. Stanford 402.5
3. California 386
4. Texas A&M 336
5. Southern California 252
7. Tennessee 223

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Senior // Bloomington, Ill.

Gendron earned the bronze medal in the 200 butterfly, an event which she has only competitively swam in since March. After becoming the first Lady Vol to swim below 1:54, the senior earned the bronze medal, swimming a career-high time of 1:53.05. This now marks the fifth individual event in which she made the top eight.

Junior // Santa Rosa, Calif

Hannis entered the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke and shaved a little time off of her final time in this event last year in Indianapolis. After swimming the fastest time of the consolation finalists, Hannis finished fifth in the B final with a time of 2:09.26

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Senior Lindsay Gendron broke two Tennessee records to finish her college career Saturday night at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Gendron set new marks in the 100-yard freestyle and 200 butterfly to help Tennessee to a seventh-place finish in the final team standings. It was the team's third consecutive top-10 finish at NCAAs after taking third a year ago.

Georgia repeated as champions with a score of 528.

Gendron certainly did not need a career day on the final night at the NCAA championships to prove her place among the greatest swimmers in Tennessee history. She had already earned that elite group long with 19 SEC medals, two NCAA relay championships, dozens of key dual meet victories and plenty of academic honors.

Still, the senior from Bloomington, Ill., made her final day something to remember for a long time.

She updated the Tennessee record book in the morning, first swimming the 100 freestyle in 47.66 seconds to break Michelle King's old mark and earn a spot in the championship heat. She followed that a few minutes later by breaking the school record in the 200 butterfly in 1:53.36. It was only her third time to ever swim the race in competition and it was the second-best time in the nation.

In the evening finals, Gendron took eighth in the 100 freestyle to start Tennessee's session.

Gendron took a quick break from competition to prepare for her next race, and junior Molly Hannis finished 13th in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.26).

Minutes later, Gendron was back on the blocks getting ready for the 200 butterfly, an event she only started swimming in competition earlier this month.

She took third in the race, lowering her own record in 1:53.05. It was her second bronze of the meet to go along with the one she earned the 200 freestyle earlier this week.

Gendron returned to the podium for the third time as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team. She and Faith Johnson, Harper Bruens and Kate McNeilis were seventh in 3:14.10.

Another great career came to a close Saturday night as Tori Lamp climbed the diving tower for the last time for Tennessee. She had the third-best preliminary score of 334.65 but could not repeat that success in the finals. She missed on two dives during the contest to finish sixth in 305.55.

The men's NCAA meet takes place next week in Austin, Texas.

 

 

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