Saturday Night at the SECs

Feb. 23, 2013


Two Tennessee program records fell in the morning preliminary session Saturday to start the final day of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Freshman Sean Lehane broke the 21-year-old school record in the men's 200-yard backstroke, and sophomore Molly Hannis set her second individual record of the event, this time in the 200 breaststroke.

Men's platform diving is at 1 p.m., and heats of the mile will begin at 2 p.m.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Samuel Rairden - A Final - 42.64 (2nd)
Ed Walsh - A Final - 43.16 (6th)
Troy Tillman - C Final - 44.27 (19th)
Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom - C Final - 44.39 (21st)
Jacob Thulin - C Final - 44.42 (22nd)

Rairden is in his third individual final of the meet, and after getting silver in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, he has his eyes set on his first SEC gold. Rairden clocked a time of 42.64, tying him with Ricky Busquets (1996) for the second-fastest time in program history. Rairden will be joined in the finals by Walsh (43.16), who took fourth in the 50 freestyle earlier this year. Both were NCAA B cut times.

Tennessee has five total swimmers in the 100 finals, with the other three in the C Final. Tillman got a B cut in 44.11 and Aberg Ledjstrom and Thulin are also through to the finals. Carl Svagerko just missed the finals, swimming in 44.89.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A final - 48.15 (3rd)
Faith Johnson - A Final - 48.57 (7th)
Harper Bruens - B Final - 49.00 (10th)
Caroline Simmons - B Final - 49.15 (13th)

Gendron and Johnson, both gold medalists already in this meet, are looking for more hardware tonight in the 100 freestyle A Final. They became the fourth and fifth Lady Vols to ever swim under 49 seconds, with Gendron's time the third-fastest in program history. Gendron won gold in the 200 freestyle and Johnson touched the wall tied for first in the 50 freestyle.

Like the men, the women are well-represented in the finals with four swimmers between the A and B finals. Bruens dropped her best time in the 100 free (49.00) and Simmons swam a 49.15 to both reach the B Final. Other UT swimmers not in the finals include Cherelle Thompson (51.49) and Grace Anne Sanderson (54.15).


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Sean Lehane - A Final - 1:41.26 (2nd)

Lehane is the only Vol in the finals of the men's 200 backstroke, but he's certainly one to watch. The freshman made the A final yesterday in the 100 backstroke and turned around and broke the school record Saturday morning the the 200 backstroke, his better event. He swam an NCAA A cut time of 1:41.26 to break the 21-year-old record set in 1992 by Olympian Tripp Schwenk (1:41.55). Lehane has the second-fastest prelim time.

Tennessee swimmers who also competed in the prelims: Jimmy Dagley (1:48.05) and Timothy Wylie (1:49.07).


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Maddie Hahn - B Final - 1:55.49 (9th)
Amanda Carner - B Final - 1:56.20 (12th)
Anna DeMonte - B Final - 1:56.43 (15th)
Lauren Solernou - C Final - 1:56.88 (19th)
Kate McNeilis - C Final - 1:57.75 (23rd)

It'll be a B Final full of orange tonight for the women's 200 backstroke with three freshman Lady Vols in the second heat. Hahn just missed the A final, finishing ninth in 1:55.49. Carner (1:56.20) and DeMonte (1:56.43) are joining Hahn in the B Final.

All five Lady Vol swimmers in the finals recorded an NCAA B cut time. Solernou (1:56.88) and McNeilis (1:57.75) are in the C heat.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Tristan Slater - B Final - 1:57.65 (10th)

Slater is the only Vol automatically in the B Final, swimming an NCAA B cut in 1:57.65. It beat his career best by more than a second. Renato Prono could also swim tonight. He's the first alternate (2:02.02).


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Molly Hannis - Final -2:08.78 (4th)

Hannis broke the UT school record by more than a second, swimming the fourth-best time in 2:08.78. She is just 8 hundredths of a second away from the NCAA A cut standard. After getting silver yesterday in the 100 breaststroke, Hannis will be aiming to finish a spectacular meet for her in the stroke. She was the only Lady Vol to compete in the event.


The Vols were shut out of the platform finals, but both senior divers racked up points for the Vols' cause. Jordan Mauney placed 11th with a six-dive total of 314.75 and Brent Sterling was 16th (274.80).




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