March 21, 2013
|Women||1st Team||Hon. Mention|
McGroarty made good on her first NCAA final appearance, taking bronze on the 1-meter springboard with a school record score of 335.75. Teammate Tori Lamp finished second.
Floyd helped lead the Lady Vols to their first two NCAA relay titles in program history. She swam the anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay and helped put the Lady Vols ahead in the 400 medley relay with an impressive butterfly leg.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- It took only the first event for the Lady Vols to make history Thursday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
A couple hours later, they added an encore performance.
Tennessee won its first two national relay titles in program history, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay to vault into second place in the team standings after day 1 of the meet.
Recent SEC champion Georgia leads with 163 points with the Lady Vols not far behind with 150.5. Arizona with third with 127.
"What we're going to do is focus on what we're doing and let the points take care of themselves," Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. "We're thrilled to be in the race, and we're not shy about wanting to win."
Caroline Simmons, Faith Johnson, Lindsay Gendron and Kelsey Floyd captured the program's first national relay title to kick off the first evening session, winning the closely contested and Olympian stacked 200 freestyle relay in 1 minute, 27.14.
Floyd swam a 21.48 in the final leg to bring home the title. The Lady Vols beat out Georgia (1:27.38) and Arizona (1:27.85) for the gold. The time was just a hundredth of a second off the pace in which the team won the race at the SEC Championships last month.
In the second team event of the night, Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Floyd and Gendron teamed up to beat out Arizona to win the 400 medley relay in 3:28.51, just two tenths of a second off the pace of the American record.
"I did see a little bit of hunger, especially with Molly and Kelsey," Kredich said. "After we won the 200 free, I think I saw a change in the way they approached that. They almost broke an American record, and that's a huge tribute to them."
Tonight marked the first NCAA gold medals for the Lady Vols since Christine Magnuson won the 100 butterfly in 2008. Tennessee has crowned four individual champions.
All told, the Lady Vols earned 13 first-team All-American honors the first day of the meet. Eight came from the two winning relays and five others from top-eighth individual performances.
Johnson and Simmons took third and fourth in the 50 freestyle. Johnson dipped below 22 seconds again, touching the wall in 21.89. Simmons tied Stanford's Maddy Schaefer for fourth in 22.01.
Gendron placed eighth in the 500 freestyle (4:41.69) in the race right after the Lady Vols took gold in the 200 freestyle relay..
"Well, it was exactly the start we wanted to have," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "I came in knowing the field was wide open. I really liked our chances of success."
Relay champions in the 200 free!!!!!!!!Floyd brings it home in 21.48 to leave the field in the dust!-- Tennessee Swimming (@Vol_Swim) March 21, 2013
In the final event of the night, the 400 yard medley relay team won a national championship with Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Kelsey Floyd and Lindsay Gendron. The posted a time of 3:28.51, just off the American record of 3:28.31.
ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP for @vol_swim in the 400 Medley Relay (Solernou, Hannis, Floyd, Gendron) with 3:28.51-- Tennessee Athletics (@Vol_Sports) March 22, 2013
I said its great to be a TN vol!!!!!!!!!! 4 medley champs twitpic.com/cda4c8-- Tennessee Swimming (@Vol_Swim) March 22, 2013