Seven Swimmers Invited to NCAA Men's Meet
March 8, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Seven Tennessee swimmers qualified individually to compete in the 2017 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The Vols invited to the meet include: juniors Ryan Coetzee, David Heron, Sam McHugh and Peter John Stevens, sophomore Kyle DeCoursey and freshmen Taylor Abbott and Marc Hinawi. All five of Tennessee’s relay teams qualified for the meet, so additional Tennessee swimmers will compete.

They will be joined at NCAAs by defending 1-meter champion Liam Stone, who qualified this week at the NCAA Zone B Championships.

The NCAA men's championships will be held March 22-25 in Indianapolis at the historic Indiana University Natatorium. The women’s meet is next week.

The Vols are coming off a seventh-place finish at last season’s NCAA championships, the best Tennessee finish at the men’s meet in 15 years.

In addition to returning champion Stone, the Vols also have the returning services of Stevens in the 100-yard breaststroke. He was second in the event at NCAAs last year and was a silver medalist in the 50-meter breaststroke at the FINA Short Course World Championships in December.

DeCoursey has enjoyed a breakout season as the Vols’ top sprinter. He is seeded eighth in the 100-yard freestyle — an event in which he took third at the SEC meet — and 14th in the 50 freestyle. He set the school record in the 100 freestyle in 42.07.

Tennessee is also well represented in the distance events, with open water national team member Heron, newcomers Hinawi and Abbott and versatile swimmer McHugh all swimming the 500 and 1650 freestyle events. McHugh is also competing in the 400 individual medley, an event he placed fifth in last year.


Relay Teams
200 Free relay
400 Free relay
800 Free relay
200 Medley relay
400 Medley relay

Taylor Abbott
500 Free (4:18.96, 41st)
1650 Free (14:55.41, 26th)

Ryan Coetzee
50 Free (19.67, 41st)
100 Free (43.82, 60th)
100 Butterfly (46.01, 20th)

Kyle DeCoursey
50 Free (19.21, 14th)
100 Free (42.07, 8th)
200 Free (1:35.41, 40th)

David Heron
500 Free (4:22.78, 55th)
1650 Free (14:54.35, 25th)

Marc Hinawi
200 Free (1:37.08, 52nd)
500 Free (4:19.35, 43rd)
1650 Free (14:56.84, 30th)

Sam McHugh
400 IM (3:42.54, 14th)
500 Free (4:19.82, 45th)
1650 Free (14:56.27, 28th)

Peter John Stevens
100 Breast (52.56, 25th)





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