March 29, 2014
|Men||1st Team||Hon. Mention|
Lehane became the first Vol since 2008 to reach the championship final in an individual swimming event. He took seventh in the 200 backstroke and broke his own school record for the third time in the preliminaries (1:39.42).
Percy reached his first career consolation final to end the NCAA championships, taking 12th overall in the 100 freestyle. He was also part of Saturday's 400 freestyle relay team.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sean Lehane took seventh in the 200-yard backstroke and the Vols reached the final of the last relay Saturday to conclude the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Lehane led off the evening session for the Vols by scoring 12 points in his event, followed by contributions in consolation finals by Luke Percy in the 100 freestyle and Mauricio Robles on platform. The 400 freestyle relay team closed out the meet with an eighth-place finish to help the Vols pick up another key 22 points.
Thanks to their most productive preliminary session of the meet in the morning, the Vols climbed one spot to 15th in the final standings with 98 points. It was a one-place improvement from the Vols' 16th-place performance last season. Seven of the 10 UT representatives in the NCAA meet are set to return next year.
California won the team title with 468.5 points, surging past host Texas on the final day.
Lehane led off the morning session by excelling in his primary event: the 200 backstroke.
The sophomore SEC champion broke his own school record for a third time in the preliminaries, posting the third-fastest time in the field in 1 minute, 39.42 seconds. He could not replicate that effort in the finals though. Swimming in the lane next to him, California's Ryan Murphy went out quickly and set an NCAA record in 1:37.35, and Lehane took seventh in 1:40.35.
In reaching the finals, Lehane became the first Vol since 2008 to place in the top eight in an individual swimming event since 2008. That year, Jonas Persson took fifth in the 100 freestyle and Michael Wolfe was sixth in the 200 butterfly.
Percy reached his first career NCAA final in the 100 freestyle. He raced out close to his preliminary time, taking fourth in the consolation heat and 12th overall in a time of 42.56.
Robles, fresh off his bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard the day before, was not quite as consistent on the 10-meter platform. After missing his second dive in preliminaries, Robles rallied to finish in 10th place with 378.15 points, just four points shy of qualifying for the final.
In the consolation contest that followed, Robles slid to seventh place -- 15th overall -- with a score of 351.60.
On the whole, Robles enjoyed a strong return to the NCAA scene. After missing the second half of last season with injury, Robles returned to earn All-America honors in all three diving events at the NCAA meet. He also picked up a pair of silver medals on the springboards at the SEC meet.
"To be able to score on all three events after what he's been through is fantastic," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "I had high hopes and he had high hopes for getting in the final today, but maybe it was the emotion of the meet. He got in a bit of a hole in the prelims and had to fight back hard, which he did but came up short. Maybe he used up a lot of that energy in prelims."