SEC Swimming & Diving Championships

Feb. 18, 2013

Previewing the Men's Competition
#11 Tennessee: 4-4 (2-1 SEC)

Summing up the Regular Season: With freshmen filling up about half the roster, the Vols have made steady progress and development during the dual meet season. The team reached a high-water match in late January, beating then-No. 12 Georgia at home on Senior Day. The victory launched the Vols up to No. 11 nationally. Senior Ed Walsh has led the way in sprint freestyles this year with the third-fastest time in the 50 freestyle (19.99). 2012 All-SEC swimmer Samuel Rairden has been giving the Vols points the the 100 and 200 freestyle and backstroke races, and freshman Sean Lehane has emerged as one of the Vols' top backstrokers. Seniors Brent Sterling and Jordan Mauney have put together the best seasons of their careers.

Last Year at SECs: The Vols finished fourth at SECs last year. Tennessee's three individual wins came from the diving well: 1 meter & 3 meter springboard (Ryan Helms), Platform (Mauricio Robles). Helms was the SEC Diver of the Year and Dave Parrington was the SEC Diving Coach of the Year for the men and women. Samuel Rairden had the most notable all-around performance in swimming, finishing second in the 100 back, fourth in the 200 back, and seventh in the 200 freestyle

In the Rankings: Five teams are in the CSCAA top 25: No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Auburn, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 12 Georgia, t-No. 18 Texas A&M. South Carolina and Alabama received votes.

Previewing the Women's Competition
#4 Tennessee: 8-1 (3-1 SEC)

Summing up the Regular Season: The Lady Vols vaulted up to No. 4 in the national rankings following a Senior Day win over perpetual national contender and defending SEC champion Georgia. Aside from the graduation of great Jenny Connolly, the team returned nearly all the pieces from the team that finished seventh nationally. Senior Kelsey Floyd has been unbeaten this year in the 100 and 200 butterfly events while also putting together B-cut times in some of the sprint freestyle races. Sophomore Molly Hannis hasn't lost a race in the 100 or 200 breaststroke either. Junior Lindsay Gendron has excelled in a multitude events, from short to long distance freestyles and individual medleys.

Last Year at SECs: The Lady Vols had one of their best overall SEC performances in program history last season, finishing second behind the University of Georgia. The meet was held at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center for the first time. Tennessee won seven events at the meet: 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 100 fly & 100 back (Jenny Connolly), 100 breast (Molly Hannis), 200 Fly (Kelsey Floyd), Platform diving (Tori Lamp). Lindsay Gendron was second in the 1650 free, the 500 free and the 200 free.Matt Kredich was named the SEC Women's Coach of the Year after the meet.Lamp was SEC Diver of the Year, while Lamp, Jenny Connolly, Molly Hannis, Kelsey Floyd, Caroline Simmons and Lindsay Gendron were named All-SEC.

In the Rankings: Six SEC teams are in the national rankings: No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 6 Georgia, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 18 Arkansas.


All times Eastern (Note: Texas A&M is in Central time)

Diving: Men's 1-meter (prelims)

2:30 p.m.
Diving: Women's 3-meter (prelims)

6:30 p.m.
Diving: Men's 1-meter (finals)
200 Medley Relay (finals)
Diving: Women's 3-meter (finals)
800 Free Relay (finals)

11 a.m.
500 Free (prelims)
200 IM (prelims)
50 Free (prelims)

2 p.m.
Diving: Women's 1-meter (prelims)

7 p.m.
200 Free Relay (finals)
Diving: Women's 1-meter (finals)
500 Free (Finals)
200 IM (Finals)
50 Free (Finals)

11 a.m.
400 IM (prelims)
100 Fly (prelims)
200 Free (prelims)

2:30 p.m.
Diving: Men's 3-meter (prelims)

7 p.m.
400 IM (finals)
100 Fly (finals)
Diving: Men's 3-meter (finals)
200 Free (finals)

11 a.m.
200 Fly (prelims)
100 Back (prelims)
100 Breast (prelims)

2 p.m.
Diving: Women's Platform (prelims)

7 p.m.
400 Medley Relay (finals)
Diving: Women's Platform (finals)
200 Fly (Finals)
100 Back (Finals)
100 Breast (Finals)

11 a.m.
100 Free (prelims)
200 Back (prelims)
200 Breast (prelims)

2 p.m.
Diving: Men's Platform (prelims)
1650 Free (prelims) -- time TBD

7 p.m.
1650 Free (finals)
100 Free (finals)
200 Back (finals)
200 Breast (finals)
Diving: Men's Platform (finals)
400 Free Relay (finals)





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