March 5, 2014
Ten Tennessee women's swimmers and all five relay teams were invited to compete in the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship later this month.
The short course yards championship will be held March 20-22 in Minneapolis.
The field for the men's meet will be announced next week. The men's NCAA championships will be held the following week in Austin, Texas.
Gendron was the only UT swimmer directly invited for three events: the 200-yard freestyle, the 100 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. Her 200 freestyle time of 1 minute, 43.45 seconds, is the third fastest this year. Gendron finished in the top eight in all three of her individual events last season to help Tennessee finish third in the final team standings for the first time.
Hannis has clocked a pair of top-eight times nationally this year. She ranks second in the 100 breaststroke (58.22) after taking silver in the event at the SEC Championships. She also ranks seventh in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.60).
Johnson also has a top-eight time and was invited in two events. The sophomore sprinter ranks eighth in the 50 freestyle in 21.84. She finished third in the event at NCAAs last year. She ranks 21st in the 100 freestyle (48.41).
Four of five of Tennessee relay teams rank in the top eight in the nation, including the third-ranked 200 medley relay team. Last year, the UT women won the first three NCAA relay titles in program history: the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. Gendron, Hannis Johnson and Solernou are returning swimmers who were on those championship relay teams.
When a swimmer is invited to the NCAA championships in an individual race, she is also eligible to swim additional races in which she has an NCAA B-cut standard. Competitors may swim up to three individual races and up to seven total events, including relays.
Tennessee's NCAA women's roster is not set just yet. Divers Tori Lamp and Samantha Lera could join them if they qualify through the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships next week. Lamp has finished second in the platform competition at NCAAs the last two years and made the top eight in all three diving events last year.
NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
Tennessee Selections - Race (Time, National Rank)
Amanda Carner - 400 IM (4:11.52, 33rd)
Anna DeMonte - 200 Back (1:54.86, 33rd)
Lauren Driscoll - 400 IM (4:12.34, 37th)
Lindsay Gendron - 200 Free (1:43.35, 3rd); 100 Free (48.28, 17th); 200 Fly (1:55.60, 17th)
Mary Griffith - 500 Free (4:41.42; 30th)
Molly Hannis - 100 Breast (58.22, 2nd); 200 Breast (2:07.14, 7th)
Faith Johnson - 50 Free (21.84, 8th); 100 Free (48.41, 21st)
Christina Leander - 100 Back (53.06; 34th)
Heather Lundstrom - 200 Fly (1:56.60, 37th)
Lauren Solernou - 100 Back (52.67, 21st)