Thursday Night at the SECs

Feb. 21, 2013


To get ready for the third evening of finals at the SEC Championships, here's a recap of Thursday's preliminaries and what to watch for tonight in College Station, Texas.

MEN'S 400 IM

Who's Swimming Tonight?
Tristan Slater - B Final - 3:48.90 (10th)
Ryan Signorin - B Final - 3:48.99 (12th)

Slater and Signorin both missed out on a blazing fast A final by two seconds. Both clocked qualifying times in their races and were significantly faster than their seed times. In Signorin's case, he improved his seed time by nearly 12 seconds. Signorin's older brother, Connor, had the second-fastest time of 3:42.64 for Florida.

Drew Peterson could be swimming tonight. He is the first alternate with a time of 3:54.45, also a B cut time. Other Tennessee swimmers included Bryce BeVier (3:58.95) and Trevor Lelane (4:06.21).


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Amanda Carner - B Final - 4:13.90

Carner was the Lady Vols' lone entry in the 400 IM, and she made good on her opportunity, swimming the 12th-fastest time in 4:13.90. It was an NCAA B cut and was almost seven seconds faster than her seed time. She had a strong final last night in the 200 IM, dropping under 2 minutes for the first time in an NCAA B cut time of 1:59.52.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Sam Rairden - A Final - 46.67 (3rd)
Jacob Thulin - B Final - 47.00 (9th)
Oystein Hetland - B Final - 47.17 (11th)

Rairden has been renowned as a backstroker and freestyler during his career so far at UT. He has only swam the 100 fly one other time this year before today. Practicing the race in a meet was hardly a requirement for the talented junior, who clocked the third-fastest time in UT history (46.67) to make the final.

Hetland missed the A Final by 4 hundredths of a second. He'll be the top seed in the B final after turning in a time of 47.00. Hetland will join him with the 11th-best time of 47.17. Both were NCAA B-cut times.

Other Tennessee swimmers included Carl Svagerko (49.03) and Chris Sadsad (49.59).


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Kelsey Floyd - A Final - 52.35 (4th)
Mary Griffith - B Final - 53.43 (10th)
Faith Johnson - B Final - 53.66 (12th)

Floyd got the time she needed in the 100 butterfly, clocking the fourth-best qualifying time in 52.35. She won the bronze medal in this event last season. It will be her first individual A Final of the meet after winning the B final of the 50 freestyle Wednesday night.

Griffith and Johnson will both be swimming in tonight's be final after touching the wall in B cut times of 53.43 and 53.66 respectively. The freshman Lady Vols have a chance to pick up some important points there. Fellow freshman Heather Kiger missed qualifying in 56.24.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom - C Final - 1:37.74

With Rairden swimming the butterfly instead of his customary freestyle, Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom stepped up as the leading Vol in the 200 freestyle. Ledjstrom has been dropping times since the start of the January and put his best effort out so far in Thursday's prelim, swimming in 1:37.74.

The sheer depth of the SEC was made apparent in this race. Twenty-seven swimmers had NCAA B-cut times and only 24 made the finals. Other Tennessee swimmers included Troy Tillman (1:40.01), Tim Wylie (1:40.43), Jimmy Dagley (1:40.61) and Sam Petersen (1:41.07).


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A Final - 1:44.17 (1st)
Mary Griffith - B Final - 1:46.83 (13th)
Harper Bruens - C Final - 1:47.20 (18th)
Caroline Finkbeiner - C Final - 1:48.17 (23rd)

After breaking the school record in the 500 free and later finishing fifth in the final the day before, Gendron got back to work Thursday by swimming the fastest time in the 200 freestyle prelims (1:44.17). It was the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season.

Griffith assured herself of two finals tonight. She's in the B final of the 100 butterfly and the same in the 200 freestyle, swimming in a B cut of 1:46.83. Bruens also swam her first NCAA B cut, making the C final in 1:47.20. Finkbeiner is also into the C Final (1:48.17).

Caroline Simmons could be swimming again tonight. She is the first alternate (1:48.24). Grace Anne Sanderson was the only other Lady Vol in the event, finishing in 1:54.72.


Who's Competing Tonight?
Brent Sterling - 383.40 (4th)

Sterling will compete in his second final of the SEC Championships, vying for a medal this time on the 3-meter springboard, his top event. He is only the ninth Vol in program history to pass the 400-point barrier in the event. In Thursday's prelims, he scored a solid 383.40.

Jordan Mauney also competed, taking 19th in 303.00.





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