Jan. 24, 2014
#18 Tennessee: 5-2 (3-0 SEC)
#12 Georgia : 7-2
Tennessee's Last Meet: A year after losing to Virginia Tech on the road, the UT men rolled out with a sweep against No. 15 Virginia Tech (161-131) and No. 7 Missouri (164-136). The wins propelled Tennessee back into the top 25 at No. 18. Sean Lehane and freshman Luke Percy scored multi-win days. Lehane swept the 100 and 200 backstroke for the third time this season and earned All-SEC honors. It was Percy's first meet to win multiple events. UT won 9 of 16 events, including a victory by Mauricio Robles on the 1 meter against some of the nation's top divers.
The Home Stretch: Tennessee's men and women have just two more meets before the SEC Championships. Saturday's meet and home on Feb. 1 against Florida. The meet against the Gators next week will serve as Senior Day in which UT will celebrate the careers of 11 seniors.
Last Year Against Georgia: with a Senior Day crowd and momentum, Tennessee beat Georgia 161.5-132,5 last year at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. The Vols put forth a strong effort in every race, including 1-2-3-4 finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. The Vols boasted a trio of two-event winners: junior Samuel Rairden in the 100 and 200 freestyle faces, freshman Sean Lehane in the 100 and 200 backstroke and senior Brent Sterling in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard competitions.
#15 Tennessee: 7-0 (3-0 SEC)
#3 Georgia: 8-0-1
Tennessee's Last Meet: The Tennessee women opened the 2014 dual meet schedule by cruising past Virginia Tech 192-108 and Missouri 192.5-106.5 at home. Senior Lindsay Gendron collected two individual victories in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200 individual medley to lead the way for Tennessee. Gendron was one of seven swimmers to collect a win for the UT women. Heather Lundstrom earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for a second time this season by winning the 200 butterfly and taking third in the 100 butterfly. Lauren Solernou made her return to competition for the first time since October, winning the 100 backstroke in 55.02.
The Home of the SEC Championships: Tennessee will use this weekend to get used to the pool and boards of Gabrielsen Natatorium. UGA will host the SEC Championships from Feb. 18-22. The diving squad visited the facility earlier this month for an invitational meet.
Last Year Against Georgia: Last year's meeting against Georgia at home was absolutely historic. Tennessee beat previously undefeated Georgia 161-139, the first victory over the Bulldogs since Nov. 3, 1989. Tennessee won 12 of 16 events against Georgia, including both relays. Junior Lindsay Gendron beat out Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt on her way to winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. Senior Kelsey Floyd swept the 100 and 200 butterfly events to stay perfect this year in those events while Molly Hannis kept up her season-long winning streak in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Freshman Faith Johnson continued her steady improvement by winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races.