Feb. 20, 2014
Here's a quick look at how Tennessee competed in Thursday's morning preliminary sessions, plus who to watch for tonight.
WOMEN'S 400 IMWho's swimming tonight?
Lauren Driscoll - A Final - 4:13.37
Amanda Carner - B Final - 4:13.49
Tennessee only entered two swimmers in the women's 400 IM, and both will be swimming tonight. Lauren Driscoll's time was the fourth-best in UT history and good enough for the eighth-best time in the field. It is the first A final for the sophomore transfer from California. Amanda Carner just missed the A final, swimming the ninth-best prelim time of 4:13.49.
MEN'S 400 IMWho's swimming tonight?
Tristan Slater - A Final - 3:45.56
Tristan Slater was Tennessee's lone entry in the 400 IM, and he booked a spot in the evening championship finals with a career-best time of 3:45.56. This is the first year Slater has made the SEC A final in both the 200 IM and 400 IM. His time is the second-best in program history.
WOMEN'S 100 BUTTERFLYWho's swimming tonight?
Anna DeMonte - B Final - 53.42
Michelle Cefal - Alternate - 54.28
Anna DeMonte has not competed in the 100 butterfly all season but made good on her first swim this year. She clocked a career-best time of 53.42, good enough to get her into the B final. It is the sixth-best time in program history and the 12th-best time in the field this morning.
MEN'S 100 BUTTERFLYWho's swimming tonight?
Sam Rairden - A Final - 46.54
Luke Percy - C Final - 48.02
A year ago, Sam Rairden finished second in the 100 butterfly. Tonight he'll try for his first SEC gold. He has the fifth-best qualifying time of 46.54. Luke Percy won a swim-off against Georgia's Yousef Alaskari to grab the final qualifying spot into the C Final (48.02). Tennessee had three swimmers finish 27-29, just out of the finals: Jacob Thulin (48.10), Oystein Hetland (48.15) and Carl Svagerko (48.20).
WOMEN'S 200 FREESTYLEWho's swimming tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A Final - 1:44.37
Mary Griffith - B Final - 1:47.12
Camryne Morris - C Final - 1:48.44
Caroline Finkbeiner - Alternate - 1:48.44
Lindsay Gendron won her first SEC individual gold medal to go along with her many relay titles when she rallied to win the 200 freestyle last year. She has put herself in good condition to compete for another gold by posting the second-fastest qualifying time of 1:44.37. Mary Griffith is into the B final with a time of 1:47.12. Camryne Morris is into the C final. She won the final spot by beating teammate Caroline Finkbeiner in a swim-off after the morning session.
MEN'S 200 FREESTYLEWho's swimming tonight?
Sean Lehane - A Final - 1:34.90
Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom - C Final - 1:36.28
Sean Lehane provided a spark for the Vols when he helped UT rally from sixth to third in the final 200 yards of the 800 freestyle relay on Tuesday. Tonight, he's in the A Final of the 200 freestyle after logging the fifth-fastest time of the session in 1:34.90. It's the sixth-best time in program history. Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom is into the C Final with the 17th-best time in the field (1:36.28).
WOMEN'S 3-METER SPRINGBOARDWho's swimming tonight?
Tori Lamp - A Final - 323.75
Tori Lamp just made it into the finals with a season-best score of 323.75, two points ahead of South Carolina's Patti Kranz. Lamp has been limited in competition on the 3-meter boards this season because of a shoulder injury, and today was the first time she has topped 320 this year. Samantha Lera had an up-and-down day on the boards, finishing 24th with a score of 274.55.