March 20, 2014
Here's a quick look at how Tennessee competed in Thursday's morning preliminary sessions, plus who to watch for tonight. The finals start at 8 p.m. Eastern.
200 FREESTYLE RELAYWho's swimming tonight?
Tennessee - A Final - 1:27.22
A year ago, Tennessee won its first-ever NCAA relay title by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. This year, they're back in the championship finals. The team of Faith Johnson, Cherelle Thompson, Harper Bruens and Lindsay Gendron swam the fourth-best prelim time of 1:27.22. The time was just off the school-record pace of 1:27.13 set last year at NCAAs. Stanford and Georgia both posted the top time of 1:26.96.
500 FREESTYLEMary Griffith, still new to the 500-yard freestyle, finished 38th in 4:44.70 to miss the finals. It was off her career-best time of 4:41.42, set at the SEC Championships last month.
200 IMAnna DeMonte missed the finals of the 200 IM but swam near her career best. She finished in 1:58.73, just .06 away from her career best. Fellow sophomore Amanda Carner was 53rd in 2:00.50.
50 FREESTYLEWho's swimming tonight?
Faith Johnson - A Final - 21.96
Faith Johnson is Tennessee's lone individual competitor this evening. She is scheduled to have a very busy night with her additional duties with the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. She clocked the seventh-fastest 50 freestyle time in 21.96. Her best time in the event so far this year is 21.84. She finished third at NCAAs last year in this race.
400 MEDLEY RELAYWho's swimming tonight?
Tennessee - A Final - 3:31.52
Tennessee grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot into the championship heat of the 400 medley relay. The Lady Vols head into tonight as the defending national champions here as well. Half of last year's winning team is back with Molly Hannis (breaststroke) and Lindsay Gendron (freestyle last year, butterfly this year). UT's likely relay lineup will be Lauren Solernou (backstroke), Hannis, Johnson and Gendron.