March 6, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ten Lady Vol swimmers were officially selected for the field at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The championships run March 21-23 in Indianapolis where the Lady Vols will look to improve on their seventh-place team finish from a year ago.
Junior Lindsay Gendron figures to be the among the busiest of the Lady Vols, qualifying in three individual events. The newly crowned SEC 200-yard freestyle champion is set to race in the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.
In addition to taking gold in the 200 freestyle at the SEC Championships last month, she also broke the school record in the 500 freestyle (4:36.71).
Five of UT's 10 representatives are making a return trip to NCAAs. The other five are freshmen.
Seniors Kelsey Floyd and Caroline Simmons are both making their final appearances at the national meet. Floyd, who made both finals at the Olympic Trials in the butterfly events last summer, is set to swim the 100 and 200 fly again. Simmons, who took bronze in the 50 freestyle at SECs, is competing in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
Sophomore Molly Hannis had an impressive SEC meet in the breaststroke, setting school records in the 100 (58.22) and 200 breaststroke (2:08.78).
Junior Lauren Solernou is swimming the 100 backstroke.
The Lady Vols' freshman class is highlighted by Faith Johnson, who won the SEC title in the 50 freestyle and set a national age group record along the way (21.90). Johnson is set to swim both the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
The Lady Vols are also eligible for all five relays. The 200 medley relay team, which set a new SEC record at the conference meet, has the fastest time in the nation this year (1:35.08).
Three of Tennessee's divers could also be joining the Lady Vol contingent in Indianapolis. Back-to-back SEC diver of the year Tori Lamp, 3-meter SEC silver medalist Jodie McGroarty and platform finalist Samantha Lera all all competing at next week's NCAA Zone B Diving Championships in Knoxville. Ten spots at NCAAs will be up for grabs.
Because the meet is a week later, the men's NCAA field will be announced next week.
NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
Harper Bruens (100 freestyle - 49.00)
Amanda Carner (400 IM - 4:11.10)
Kelsey Floyd (100 fly - 52.05; 200 fly - 1:54.78)
Lindsay Gendron (500 free - 4:36.71; 200 free - 1:43.22; 100 free - 48.15)
Mary Griffith (200 free - 1:45.68)
Maddie Hahn (200 back - 1:54.16)
Molly Hannis (100 breast - 58.22; 200 breast - 2:08.78)
Faith Johnson (50 free - 21.90; 48.57)
Caroline Simmons (50 free - 21.97; 100 free - 48.84)
Lauren Solernou (100 back - 52.62)