KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Four Vols qualified for championship finals after Friday's preliminaries at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.
WOMEN'S 200 BUTTERFLY
Senior Michelle Cefal is in her first career championship final, grabbing the eighth and final spot with a season-best time of 1:57.62. Fellow senior Heather Lundstrom clocked the 12th-fastest time in 1:58.12, and freshman Spence Atkins will join her in the final, cutting five seconds off her seed time in 1:58.62. Senior Madeline Tegner, an All-American in the event, is in the C final in 1:59.03.
WOMEN'S 100 BACK
Who's Swimming Tonight?
A Final: Kira Toussaint (51.56)
Senior Kira Toussaint clocked the third-fastest time in preliminaries, coming in at a season-best 51.56. She was second in this event last year and is the school record holder in 50.85. Freshman Mary Cayten Brakefield is a second alternate for finals, coming in at 54.51.
MEN'S 100 BACK
Freshmen Braga Verhage and Matthew Garcia are swimming in their first finals of the meet. Verhage cut two seconds off his seed time to swim in 47.12 to make the B final. Matthew Garcia is in the C final in 57.88. Sophomore Joey Reilman was in a swimoff for the last spot in the B final but lost, making him the top seed of the C final this evening.
WOMEN'S 100 BREASTSTROKE
MEN'S 100 BREASTSTROKE
Junior Peter John Stevens is in the 100 breaststroke championship final after missing a year ago because of a disqualification in the race. The NCAA silver medalist had the sixth-fastest time in 52.81, a season best. Senior Ross Dibblin cut two seconds off his seed time to wind up in the B final. Matthew Dunphy and Tim Raab also dropped time -- with Raab slicing five seconds off his entry time -- to qualify for the C final.
Defending champion Rachel Rubadue posted the top score in preliminaries by nearly 30 points, recording a season-best 327.85 and reaching her first final of the meet. Sophomore Emily Pelletier is in the first final of her career, scoring a career-best 268.40.