Oct. 18, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee swimming and diving team opened the SEC season Friday with a men's and women's sweep over South Carolina.
The men defeated South Carolina 172-128, while the women won 169-124 at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Both teams improved to 2-0 on the season.
"We executed our race plans very well for this point of the season," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "We showed some real competitiveness. I thought South Carolina raced tough and exposed some of our weaknesses, which is good for us."
INSIDE THE MEN'S RACES
The men won 9 of 16 events en route to victory over South Carolina. Tennessee now leads the all-time series 23-2.
Freshman David Heron won the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle races last week at the Orange and White Intrasquad Meet. Against SEC competition, he pulled off the same feat again. He took first the 1000 freestyle in 9 minutes, 17.80 seconds, and later in the meet held off South Carolina's Gerard Rodriguez at the end to win the 500 freestyle in 4:31.98.
"I thought David really rose to the occasion in the 500," Kredich said. "He and the South Carolina swimmer were in a really good battle. Their guy is a real seasoned swimmer, and David handled that beautifully and showed some real competitiveness at the end."
Backstroke specialist Sean Lehane, who made the A final in both the 100 and 200 backstroke at the SEC meet last season, was characteristically strong in both events again Friday. He won the 100 in 48.36 and the 200 in 1:45.51.
Tennessee also won both relays. The team of Sam Rairden, Renato Prono, Oystein Hetland and Luke Percy won the 200 medley relay in 1:28.57. The 400 free relay team -- Rairden, Troy Tillman, Jacob Thulin and Lehane -- finished the afternoon by winning in 3:01.72.
INSIDE THE WOMEN'S RACES
Coming off her SEC championship in the 50 freestyle last season, Faith Johnson opened conference competition leading the field with a time of 22.96 today in the event versus South Carolina. She preceded to emerge victorious scoring a 50.47 in the 100 freestyle later in the day.
Freshmen Heather Lundstrom has been a bright spot for the Lady Vols from the outset of the season. En route to victory in the 200 butterfly, she sent the 10th fastest time in UT history with a mark of 2:00.08.
"The 200 fly seems to be a great event for her," Kredich said. "She doesn't mind getting out after it. She's tough enough to stay after it. She's a gamer. She's a real racer."
Lundstrom also won the 100 butterfly with a 55.69, finishing just ahead of teammate Mary Griffith.
Madison Hahn brought home a win for the Lady Vols with a time of 2:01.25 in the 200 backstroke.
The 200 medley relay teams also performed exceptionally well in this SEC opener. The team of Lauren Solernou, Colleen Callahan, Faith Johnson, and Cherelle Thompson brought home first place with a 1:44.57. They were followed closely by the Lady Vols' "B" team finishing in 1:45.31 for second. The second place team consisted of Harper Bruens, Anna DeMonte, Heather Lundstrom, and Kate McNeilis. The team returns to action next week as we travel to Louisville to face the Cardinals.
Redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles picked up his first win in SEC competition Friday, winning the 1-meter springboard in 328.80. He also finished second in the 3-meter springboard.
"At the Orange and White Meet, he dove really well but this is a completely different kind of competition," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "All of a sudden, the level of competition stepped up. The diver for South Carolina made the finals in both springboards at SECs last year. He was very seasoned.
"This was a real good test for Mau. He did a good job winning the 1 meter. He went for a very big list of dives, which leads to inconsistency at this time of year. On the 3 meter, he showed some competitive rust."
In the women's competition, sophomore Samantha Lera took second on the 1 meter (276.38) and third on the 3 meter (268.88).
Senior Tori Lamp suffered a foot injury last week before the Orange and White Meet and has been rehabbing her wrist since the FINA World Championships in August. She has not been able to work her way back to full practice yet, so she just competed on the 1 meter.
Women's 200 medley relay:
1 Tennessee'A' - 1:44.57 - 1) Solernou, Lauren - 2) Callahan, Colleen - 3) Johnson, Faith - 4) Thompson, Cherelle 2 Tennessee 'B' - 1:45.31 - 1) Bruens, Harper - 2) DeMonte, Anna - 3) Lundstrom, Heather - 4) McNeilis, Kate
Men's 200 medley relay:
1 Tennessee 'A'- 1:28.57 - 1) Rairden, Sam - 2) Prono, Renato - 3) Hetland, Oystein - 4) Percy, Luke 3 Tennessee 'B' - 1:31.88 - 1) Svagerko, Carl - 2) Dibblin, Ross - 3) Thulin, Jacob - 4) Sadsad, Chris 5 Tennessee 'C' - 1:35.53 - 1) Dagley, Jimmy - 2) Myhre, Ben - 3) Peterson, Drew - 4) Tillman, Troy
Women's 1000 Free
1 Mitchell, Victoria - South Carolina - 10:03.39; 2 Tegner, Madeline - Tennessee- 10:11.05; 3 Morris, Camryne - Tennessee - 10:13.38; 4 Driscoll, Lauren - Tennessee - 10:14.54; 6 Dickson, Morgan - Tennessee - 10:24.78;
Men's 200 free
1 Rodriguez, Gera - South Carolina - 1:39.77; 2 Slater, Tristan - Tennessee - 1:39.92; 3 Percy, Luke - Tennessee - 1:40.77; 5 Aberg Ledjstrom, Gustav - Tennessee - 1:41.46; 6 Rairden, Sam - Tennessee - x1:43.69;
Women 100 breaststroke
1 Rutqvist, Amanda - South Carolina - 1:04.97; 2 Callahan, Colleen - Tennessee - 1:06.28;
Men's 200 fly
1 Navata, Matt - South Carolina - 1:52.94; 2 Myhre, Ben - Tennessee - 1:53.86; 3 Signorin, Ryan - Tennessee - 1:54.33; 4 Peterson, Drew - Tennessee - 1:54.72; 6 Garner, Miles - Tennessee - x1:55.08;
Women's 1 meter dive
1 Kranz, Patty - South Carolina - 295.50; 2 Lera, Sam - Tennessee - 276.38; 4 Lamp, Victoria - Tennessee - 269.85; 5 Taylor, Gaffney - Tennessee - 233.33;
Men 100 free
1 Leithold, Kevin - South Carolina - 44.61; 2 Rairden, Sam - Tennessee - 45.69; 3 Tillman, Troy - Tennessee - 46.04; 4 Thulin, Jacob - Tennessee - 46.46; 8 Svagerko, Carl - Tennessee - x48.14;
Men 100 fly
1 Lynch, Sam - South Carolina - 48.98; 2 Thulin, Jacob - Tennessee - 49.54; 3 Hetland, Oystein - Tennessee - 49.85; 4 Sadsad, Chris - Tennessee - 50.42; 8 Svagerko, Carl - Tennessee - x52.60
Women 3 meter dive
1 Kranz, Patty - South Carolina - 335.33; 3 Lera, Sam - Tennessee - 268.88; 4 Taylor, Gaffney - Tennessee - 239.55
Women 200 IM
1 Mitchell, Victoria - South Carolina - 2:06.56; -- Driscoll, Lauren - Tennessee - X2:05.98; -- Carner, Amanda - Tennessee - X2:06.32; -- Callahan, Colleen - Tennessee - X2:09.93; -- Cefal, Michelle - Tennessee - X2:12.10
Women 400 Free Relay
1 South Carolina 'A' - 3:32.72 - 1) Brown, Cooper - 2) Raczkowski, Lauren - 3) Ferguson, Ashleigh - 4) Mitchell, Victoria; -- Tennessee 'A' - X3:26.33 - 1) Bruens, Harper - 2) Driscoll, Lauren - 3) Johnson, Faith - 4) Gendron, Lindsay; -- Tennessee 'B' - X3:31.48 - 1) Finkbeiner, Caroline - 2) Thompson, Cherelle - 3) Griffith, Mary - 4) Lundstrom, Heather;
Men 400 Free Relay
1 Tennessee 'B' - 3:01.72 - 1) Rairden, Sam - 2) Tillman, Troy - 3) Thulin, Jacob - 4) Lehane, Sean; 3 Tennessee 'A' - 3:02.61 - 1) Percy, Luke - 2) Dagley, Jimmy - 3) Hetland, Oystein - 4) Aberg Ledjstrom, Gustav; 4 Tennessee 'C' - x3:07.57 - 1) Sadsad, Chris - 2) Svagerko, Carl - 3) Signorin, Ryan - 4) Slater, Tristan;