Nov. 1, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Tennessee women's swimming and diving team earned two victories and the UT men split results Friday in a road double dual meet against Indiana and Kentucky.
The UT women (5-0, 2-0 SEC), ranked eighth nationally, won 9 of 16 events to defeat No. 10 Indiana 171-123 and unranked Kentucky 214-84.
On the men's side, eighth-ranked Tennessee (3-2, 2-0) managed three wins during the meet but picked up plenty of points with second- and third-place finishes to beat Kentucky 177-123 but lose to No. 9 Indiana 179-121.
"We competed as a whole team better than we have all season," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "A lot of men and women had breakthrough performances today. The Indiana men and women are top-10 teams, and Kentucky is much improved over last year. There were a lot of great races and a lot of competition.
Once again, Faith Johnson and Molly Hannis raced out to two victories each to lead the way for the women's team. Johnson won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events for the second time this year, and Hannis did the same in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
INSIDE THE WOMEN'S RACESSophomore Faith Johnson stayed unbeaten in both sprint freestyles to start the year. She delivered season-best times of 22.82 in the 50 freestyle and 50.05 in the 100 freestyle.
Junior Molly Hannis swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke for the second time this season. She won the 100 in 1:00.71 and the 200 in 2:14.99.
Freshman Heather Lundstrom again led Tennessee in the butterfly events. The reigning SEC Freshman of the Week won the 200 butterfly (1:58.74), the third time she has won the race to open her career.
Sophomore Lauren Driscoll, a transfer from California, has already shown off her event versatility early in the season. She won her fourth different event of the dual meet season Friday, reaching the wall first in the 200 individual medley in 2:03.82.
Senior Lindsay Gendron used the competition Friday to record some of her best fall season times. She picked up another victory in the 200 freestyle (1:47.59) and was second in the 500 freestyle (4:42.95) and 1000 freestyle (9:42.30).
"Lindsay Gendron had great competition in all her races, it pushed her to times she hasn't had in the early part of the season," Kredich said.
The UT women also won the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Coming off an 8-1 season a year ago, Tennessee has jumped out to a 5-0 record.
"This is one of the best Indiana teams that we've faced," Kredich said. "A victory over their women right now is really good for our women right now. We're starting to look like a team with a whole lot of pieces of a championship team."
INSIDE THE MEN'S RACESTennessee picked up one individual swimming and one relay victory Friday against the difficult competition, plus Mauricio Robles' victory on 3-meter springboard.
On the men's side, Luke Percy provided Tennessee's individual win in swimming. The Queenslander won the 100 freestyle in 44.66, just ahead of UT senior Sam Rairden (44.93). Percy was also second in the 50 freestyle.
Junior Tristan Slater scored some big points in his three individual events. He was second in the 200 butterfly (1:51.06) and 200 breaststroke (2:03.82) and then added in a third-place finish in the 200 IM (1:51.43).
The Vols won the 400 freestyle relay to end the meet. Tennessee `B' and `C' relay teams took third and fourth in the 200 medley relay after the top UT team was disqualified.
"Our relays were very competitive and outstanding," Kredich said. "We won three of four relays, and we even performed well in the men's 200 medley relay after our top team got disqualified. I feel like we took a big step forward as a team with a lot of individuals.
TENNESSEE VS. INDIANA, KENTUCKY
200 MR: 1. Indiana, 1:29.98 ... 3. Tennessee (Lehane, Dibblin, Thulin, Sadsad), 1:30.67; 4. Tennessee (Dagley, Slater, Svagerko, Aberg Ledjstrom), 1:31.80.
200 Free: 1. Anze Tavcar, IU, 1:38.19 ... 4. Sam Rairden, UT, 1:40.72 ... 6. Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, UT, 1:41.98.
400 FR: 1. Tennessee (Percy, Rairden, Aberg Ledjstrom, Lehane) 2:59.60 ... 4. Tennessee (Thulin, Dagley, Hetland, Svagerko) 3:05.48; 5. Tennessee (Johnson, Sadsad, Signorin, McFall) 3:07.50 ... 9. Tennessee (Dibblin, Heron, Prono, Wylie) 3:12.75.
200 MR: 1. Tennessee (Leander, Hannis, Johnson, McNeilis), 1:40.96 ... 4. Tennessee (Bruens, Callahan, Cefal, Thompson) 1:45.60.
400 FR: 1. Tennessee (Johnson, McNeilis, Bruens, Gendron), 3:22.08 ... 3. Tennessee (Finkbeiner, Griffith, Cefal, Lundstrom).
1-Meter: 1. Christa Cabot, UK, 296.60; 2. Tori Lamp, UT, 290.90 ... 4. Sam Lera, UT, 243.65.
3-Meter: 1. Christa Cabot, UK, 2987.10 ... 3. Sam Lera, UT, 278.40 .. 5. Tori Lamp, UT, 273.15.