Nov. 23, 2013
ATLANTA -- Senior Lindsay Gendron placed first in two events and contributed in a relay victory Saturday to wrap up the second day of the Georgia Tech Invitational.
Gendron reached the wall first in the 400-yard individual medley (4 minutes, 17.89 seconds) and the 200 freestyle (1:46.79), and she was placed third in the 100 butterfly. She swam the anchor leg of the winning 800 freestyle relay team to end the night.
Through two days of the meet, Tennessee leads the 9-team women's field with 741.5 points. Florida Gulf Coast is second with 681.5.
"I think one of the big challenges of today was people to get out for multiple swims," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "We did an average job this morning, but tonight was much much better. We had great leadership from two of our seniors: Sam Rairden and Lindsay Gendron."
The UT men and women combined for seven event victories Saturday, four for the men and three for the women.
Three of the men's individual victories came in the pool. Rairden sparked a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 backstroke, winning in 49.05. Sophomore Tristan Slater took first in the 400 individual medley in 3:56.52, and sophomore Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom won a close 200 freestyle race in 1:37.74.
On the diving boards, sophomore Mauricio Robles won his second event of the meet. He scored the fourth-highest 1-meter springboard total in program history with a six-dive total of 387.85.
INSIDE WOMEN'S SCORING
The Tennessee women recorded three wins on the second day of the invitational after just missing out of the winner's circle during Friday's competition.
Senior Lindsay Gendron provided the first two individual race victories for the UT women in the meet, winning both the 400 individual medley and the 200 freestyle.
She touched the wall first in the 400 individual medley in an NCAA B-cut time of 4:17.89. Lauren Driscoll was not far behind, taking third in 4:22.10.
A few minutes later, Gendron also led the t am in the 100 butterfly, placing third in 55.05.
Gendron got back on the winning trail in the next race, pulling away from the field in the 200 freestyle in another NCAA B-cut time of 1:46.79. The performance was not unusual for the senior, who regularly manages a busy schedule during Tennessee's dual meets.
Tennessee ended the night on a high note with a victory in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of Mary Griffith, Faith Johnson, Driscoll and Gendron won the race in 7:20.73, four seconds ahead of James Madison.
"For Lindsay to swim three events and one relay like she did was outstanding," Kredich said. "She's an extraordinary athlete. she sets the tone for the team."
Junior Molly Hannis scored UT's best result in the 100 breaststroke, finishing third in 1:02.25. Freshman Christina Leander led Tennessee in the 100 back with a fourth-place finish with a time of 56.12.
In diving, sophomore Samantha Lera finished second in the 3-meter springboard with a six-dive score of 310.90.
INSIDE MEN'S SCORING
Through two days, the Tennessee men have won six events in the three-school competition. Four of those wins came on Saturday.
Sophomore Mauricio Robles kept up his momentum on the springboards after winning the 3-meter competition the day before. Robles scored a career-best 387.85 in the finals to win the 1-meter springboard. The score is the fourth-highest in Tennessee program history.
"Mauricio had an excellent day," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He had career highs in the prelims and the finals, and the beauty of it is that he left points on the table and has room to improve.
"Michael's performance was probably the highlight of the day, placing third to get an NCAA qualifying score. That was one of our goals for this season. I couldn't be more proud of him."
Junior Tristan Slater helped Tennessee complete the sweep of the 400 individual medley. Following Lindsay Gendron's win, Slater cruised to a win in his top event, finishing in 3:56.52. The Vols placed five swimmers in the top 10, with Ryan Signorin (5th), Bryce BeVier (7th), David Heron (9th) and Drew Peterson (10th) joining Slater in the A final.
Sophomore Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom recorded his second NCAA B cut time of the meet en route to winning the 200 freestyle. He beat out Georgia Tech's Mats Westergren at the wall by two one-hundredths of a second in 1:37.74.
"Gustav has done really well," Kredich said. "He's very different this year than last year. He's a lot healthier and a lot stronger. He's put together some good 200 freestyles together tonight. It's been fun to watch him go. He's been an emerging go-to swimmer. That wasn't the case last year, but he's grown into that role."
The UT men finished 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke, the final individual event of the night. Senior Sam Rairden, a silver medalists in the event at the SEC Championships last year, won the race in 49.05. He was followed closely by sophomores Sean Lehane in second (49.63) and Jimmy Dagley in third (50.33).
"Sam had his best session of the year," Kredich said. "We were a lot better tonight across the board."
In the relays, the team of Rairden, Prono, Hetland and Aberg Ledjstrom finished second in the 200 medley relay in 1:29.23.
200 Medley Relay: 1. Georgia Tech, 1:29.03; 2. Tennessee (Rairden, Prono, Hetland, Aberg Ledjstrom) 1:29.23 ... EXO Tennessee (Dagley, Slater, Sadsad, Tillman) 1:33.25 ... EXO Tennessee (Svagerko, Hirstein, Mills, Cornett) 1:36.04.
100 Fly: 1. Nico van Duijn, GT, 47.33 ... 3. Sam Rairden, UT 48.57 ... 5. Oystein Hetland, UT, 49.80; 6. Luke Percy, UT, 49.89 ... 8. Chris Sadsad, UT, 50.86 ... 11. Jacob Thulin, UT, 49.56 ... 13. Ben Myhre, UT, 50.72 ... 15. Drew Peterson, UT, 51.78 ... 17. Carl Svagerko, UT, 52.04 ... 20. Troy Tillman, UT, 54.63; 21. Ryan McFall, UT, 51.19 ... 24. Miles Garner, UT, 53.13 ... 27. Adam Cornett, UT, 53.81.
200 Free: 1. Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, UT, 1:37.74 ... 8. Sean Lehane, UT, 1:42.22 ... 11. Jimmy Dagley, UT, 1:41.80 ... 16. Bryce BeVier, UT, 1:45.45; 17. Tyler Mills, UT, 1:46.27; 18. Trevor Leland, UT, 1:46.78; 19. David Heron, UT, 1:46.84; 20. Sam Peterson, UT, 1:47.64.
800 Free Relay: 1. Georgia Tech, 6:31.36; 2. Tennessee (Ledjstrom, Rairden, Slater, Lehane) 6:39.20 ... 10.
3-meter Diving: 1. Ashley Hardy, GT, 336.65; 2. Samantha Lera, UT, 310.90.
200 Medley Relay: 1. James Madison, 1:40.26; 2. Tennessee (Leander, Hannis, Johnson, Bruens), 1:41.47 ... EXO Tennessee (Hahn, Callahan, Cefal, McNeilis) 1:45.44 ... EXO Tennessee (Gackle, Carner, Lundstrom, Thompson) 1:47.85
100 Fly: 1. My Fridell, Miami, 53.70 ... 3. Lindsay Gendron, UT, 55.05 ... 9. Michelle Cefal, UT, 56.53 ... 12. Heather Lundstrom, UT, 55.98 ... 14. Faith Johnson, UT, 56.99; 15. Madeline Tegner, UT, 57.15 ... 25. Heather Kiger, UT, 56.82 ... 27. Patricia Forrester, UT, 58.30; 28. Anna DeMonte, UT, 58.57
200 Free: 1. Lindsay Gendron, UT, 1:46.79 .. 5. Mary Griffith, UT, 1:51.19; 6. Faith Johnson, UT, 1:51.45 ... 10. Lauren Driscoll, UT, 1:52.46 ... 13. Harper Bruens, UT, 1:51.93 ... 17. Caroline Finkbeiner, UT, 1:53.47 ... 20. Kate McNeilis, UT, 1:55.26; 21. Camryne Morris, UT, 1:51.30
100 Back: 1. Kira Toussaint, FGCU, 52.62 ... 4. Christina Leander, UT, 56.12 ... 11. Madison Hahn, UT, 56.21 ... 14. Amanda Carner, UT, 57.49 ... 17. Erin Gaeckle, UT, 57.64 ... 22. Kate McNeilis, UT, 56.75 ... 25. Anna DeMonte, UT, 58.40
800 Free Relay: 1. Tennessee (Griffith, Johnson, Driscoll, Gendron), 7:20.73 ... EXO Tennessee (McNeilis, Morris, Finkbeiner, Bruens) 7:34.20.