Stone Takes Fourth Again, Vols Break Record at NCAAs
March 24, 2017


SCHEDULE (Eastern Time)

WEDNESDAY

  • Swimming Finals (6 pm):
    800 Freestyle Relay

THURSDAY

  • Swimming Prelims (10 am):
    200 Freestyle Relay
    500 Freestyle
    200 IM
    50 Freestyle
    400 Medley Relay
  • Diving Prelims (12:30 pm):
    1-Meter Springboard
  • Swimming Finals (6 pm):
    200 Freestyle Relay
    500 Freestyle
    200 IM
    50 Freestyle
    1-Meter Springboard
    400 Medley Relay

FRIDAY

  • Swimming Prelims (10 am):
    400 IM
    100 Butterfly
    200 freestyle
    100 Breaststroke
    100 Backstroke
    200 Medley Relay
  • Diving Prelims (12:15 pm):
    3-Meter Springboard
  • Swimming Finals (6 pm):
    400 IM
    100 Butterfly
    200 freestyle
    100 Breaststroke
    100 Backstroke
    3-Meter Springboard
    200 Medley Relay

SATURDAY

  • Swimming Prelims (10 am):
    200 Backstroke
    100 Freestyle
    200 Breaststroke
    200 Butterfly
    400 Freestyle Relay
  • Diving Prelims (12:15 pm):
    3-Meter Springboard
  • Early Heats of 1650 Freestyle (3:45 pm):
    Final heat of timed finals set for 4:50 p.m.
  • Swimming Finals (6 pm):
    200 Backstroke
    100 Freestyle
    200 Breaststroke
    200 Butterfly
    Platform Diving
    400 Freestyle Relay

INDIANAPOLIS -- Junior Liam Stone earned another fourth-place finish and the 200-yard medley relay broke the school record Friday at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.

After placing fourth on the 1-meter springboard the day before, Stone followed up the performance with the same result on 3-meter springboard. He finished just four points off his own school record, putting together a six-dive score of 459.40.

"I'm over the moon," Stone said. "Again, there were a lot of great divers in the final and some high-caliber dives, and I'm really happy to came out in fourth place."

It was his best NCAA result on 3-meter. He had finished eighth in the event as a freshman and was ninth last season.

"Kudos to Liam to be able to step up two nights in a row against world-class finals field and go toe-to-toe with those guys," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He was very composed last night, but he was even more composed this evening. He needed a little more DD (degree of difficulty) against some of those guys, but he was right in the battle."

Tennessee ended the night winning the consolation final of the 200 medley relay.

The team of Braga Verhage, Peter John Stevens, Ryan Coetzee and Kyle DeCoursey hit the wall first in a UT record time of 1:23.64. Stevens took the lead with a strong breaststroke leg and the Vols maintained the lead through the finish.

"We had a chat as a team last night that we've just gotta go. That was our mindset," DeCoursey said. "We were just racing and having fun doing it. That relay's been a long time coming. We've had a rough start to the meet, so there was a lot of emotions coming out. We finally got back on track, under 1:24 in the relay. It felt good."

With one day left in the meet, the Vols are 17th in the team standings with 55 points.

Junior Sam McHugh was the first Vol to make an individual swimming final of the weekend, taking 14th in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:43.79, good for three points.

 

 

 

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