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Gendron, Johnson Earn SEC Awards



Jan. 29, 2013



For their efforts in helping lead the Lady Vols to an upset win of No. 2 Georgia over the weekend, junior Lindsay Gendron and freshman Faith Johnson both earned SEC women's weekly swimming honors, the conference office released Tuesday.

Gendron was named the SEC Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season, while Johnson picked up SEC Freshman of the Week accolades for the first time. Both Lady Vols won two races each and clocked NCAA B-cut qualifying times along the way in Tennessee's first win over Georgia in 1989.

Gendron, one of the nation's top mile freestylers, took to the shorter races for Saturday's meet. She won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 44.63 seconds) and 500-yard freestyle (4:44.04) to start the meet and wrapped things up individually by taking second in the 400 individual medley in 4:12.93, the second-fastest time by a Lady Vol in program history.

Johnson took first in the 50 and 100 freestyles. She stayed unbeaten this year in the 50, cutting more than half a second off her career best time in 22.47 seconds. That as good for an NCAA B-cut, as was her time of 49.71 in the 100 free. She was also sixth in the 100 butterfly.

Johnson and Gendron also swam the second and fourth leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay team in an NCAA A-cut time of 1:29.70.

Tennessee returns to competition Wednesday with a women-only meet against Vanderbilt at home. The meet starts at 5 p.m. at Allan Jones Aquatic Center. Admission is free and it is the final time to catch the Lady Vols swimming at home this year, though there are diving meets scheduled later.

 

 

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