Friday Night at the SECs

Feb. 22, 2013


To get ready for Friday evening's competition at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, here's a look at the morning preliminaries and the Tennessee competitors who made the finals.

Take note that tonight's session will be streamed online on


7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central)
200 Fly (Finals)
100 Back (Finals)
100 Breast (Finals) Diving: Women's Platform (finals)
400 Medley Relay (finals)


Who's Swimming in the Finals?
Ryan Signorin - C Final - 1:48.38 (23rd)

Signorin will be the Vols' lone representative in the first final of the evening after turning in a time of 1:48.38. The freshman was less than half a second away from recording his first NCAA B-Cut time in the event. Floyd is the defending champion.

Tennessee only had three entries in the event. Drew Peterson was 27th in 1:49.44 and Ben Miller was 28th.


Who's Swimming in the Finals?
Kelsey Floyd - A Final - 1:56.27 (4th)
Brooke Watson - A Final - 1:57.70 (7th)
Mary Griffith - C Final - 2:00.41 (18th)

Tennessee will have a very veteran presence in the A Final this evening with seniors Floyd and Watson both booking a trip. It will be the first individual race of the meet featuring two Tennessee competitors in the A final. Both Floyd and Watson recorded NCAA B Cut times.

Griffith, a freshman, will swim in the C Final after clocking the 18th best time (2:00.41)

Heather Kiger was the only other Tennessee competitor in the event (2:05.15).


Who's Swimming in the Finals?
Samuel Rairden - A Final - 46.77 (2nd)
Sean Lehane - A Final - 46.80 (3rd)

A day after turning in two fantastic performances in his silver-winning efforts in the 100 butterfly, Rairden was back at it Friday in a more familiar event: the 100 backstroke. He took second in this event last year and has earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the race as well. He had the second-fastest time of 46.77 while freshman Lehane turned in the third-best performance of 46.80. They were two of only three swimmers to race under 47 seconds.


Who's Swimming in the Finals?
Lauren Solernou - A Final - 52.62 (6th)
Kate McNeilis - B Final - 53.94 (14th)
Maddie Hahn - C Final - 54.08 (18th)

The Lady Vols have an entry in all three finals this evening. Junior Solernou will compete in the A Final after dropping a time of 52.62. McNeilis is in the B Final (53.94) and Hahn, a freshman, is in her first individual final in 54.08.

Arden Pitman is the second alternate (54.46) and other Tennessee competitors include Anna DeMonte (54.99) and Erin Gaeckle (55.00).


Who's Swimming in the Finals?
Ed Walsh - B Final - 54.10 (11th)
Renato Prono - B Final - 54.19 (12th)

Walsh is into his second final off the meet by swimming the 11th-best time of 54.10. Prono, who took bronze in this event last year, is in the B final as well with a time of 54.19. Both times are B qualifying standards. They were the only two Vols in the field.


Who's Swimming in the Finals?
Molly Hannis - A Final - 58.22 (t-1st)

Hannis swam in the third to last heat and broke the SEC record by more than half a second and the Tennessee record by well over a second in 58.22. Texas A&M's Breeja Larson matched Hannis' time exactly in the final heat.


Who's Diving in the Finals?
Tori Lamp - 324.95
Samantha Lera - 281.30

Defending champion Lamp is back at it tonight on the 10-meter platform, her signature event. The 2012 SEC Diver of the Year has enjoyed a solid meet with a bronze medal on the 3 meter and a fifth-place finish on the 1 meter. In the prelims, she scored 20 points better than her nearest competitor Georgia's Laura Ryan, who like Lamp, is a member of the USA Diving Olympic development team.

Lera will be making her first appearance an the SEC final tonight. She scored for the Lady Vols the first two days of the meet, but this time she made it to the final 8, turning in a career-best score of 273.75.





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