Hannis, Craig Take Bronze in Breaststroke

Dec. 6, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior Molly Hannis and former UT standout Brad Craig gave Tennessee a bronze medal sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday at the AT&T Winter National Championships.

Tennessee ended the day placing third in four events, including the women's 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.

In their home waters at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, USA Swimming National Team members Hannis and Craig kept up the national breaststroke success they experienced during the summer championship season.

Hannis swam her first sub-minute 100-yard breaststroke of the season, taking third in 59.18 seconds. Alia Atkinson won the competition with a time of 57.62, a championship record.

A few minutes later, Craig put together a medal-worthy performance himself. He led at the halfway point and was just barely beat out at the wall, finishing third in 52.18. Damir Dugonjic took gold in 51.93.

Hannis started her evening celebrating on the medal stand with the UT 200 medley relay team. She teamed up with senior Erin Gaeckle, sophomore Faith Johnson and senior Lindsay Gendron to finish third in a season-best time of 1:38.53.

Hannis and Johnson were both members of the 200 medley relay NCAA championship team in March, though Johnson swam the freestyle leg in that race and was swimming butterfly Friday night. She has been slotted at both the butterfly and freestyle legs this season.

The Tennessee women finished the night with another top-three showing in the 800 freestyle relay. The UT team of sophomore Mary Griffith, Johnson, Kate McNeilis and Gendron earned bronze in 7:08.43.

Gendron picked up two medals for her anchor contributions on both relays and just missed out on earning an individual medal as well. She took fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.79. Griffith was 11th in 1:46.55.

Sophomore Amanda Carner made her second individual final of the championships. She placed eighth in the 400 individual medley in 4:15.66, her best time this year by nearly eight seconds.

On the men's side, Tennessee's 200 medley relay team of Sam Rairden, Renato Prono, Chris Sadsad and Luke Percy took sixth in 1:27.26.

Tennessee Friday Final Results
200 Medley Relay: 6. Tennessee (Rairden, Prono, Sadsad, Percy), 1:27.26

100 Breast: 3. Brad Craig, 52.18 ... 21. Renato Prono, 54.79

200 Medley Relay: 3. Tennessee (Gaeckle, Hannis, Johnson, Gendron), 1:38.53

400 IM: 8. Amanda Carner, UT, 4:15.66

100 Fly: 19. Michelle Cefal, UT, 53.95

200 Free: 4. Lindsay Gendron, UT, 1:44.79 ... 11. Mary Griffith, UT, 1:46.55

100 Breast: 3. Molly Hannis, UT, 59.18.

100 Back: 23. Erin Gaeckle, UT, 54.98

800 Free Relay: 3. Tennessee (Griffith, Johnson, McNeilis, Gendron), 7:08.43.





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