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Friday Night at the NCAAs

March 21, 2014


Here's a quick look at how Tennessee competed in Friday's morning preliminary sessions, plus who to watch for tonight. The finals start at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be streamed by ESPN3.

Note that Tennessee will finish the night with the 800 freestyle relay. The Lady Vols are in the first of two time trial heats the evening.

200 MEDLEY RELAY

Who's swimming tonight?
Tennessee - A Final - 1:35.52

Tennessee swam its fastest 200 medley relay time of the season in 1:35.52. The team of Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Harper Bruens and Faith Johnson recorded the fastest time in the field. Texas A&M was second in 1:35.83. This was one of three relays Tennessee won last year at NCAAs. Through the first two days of the meet, UT has been in all the championship heats.

400 IM

Amanda Carner and Lauren Driscoll both swam in the third heat of preliminaries and were both off their career best times. Carner took 29th in 4:12.39 and Driscoll was 44th in 4:15.55.

100 BUTTERFLY

Anna DeMonte, still a relative newcomer in college to the 100 butterfly, finished 45th in 53.69, just off her career-best time of 53.42.

200 FREESTYLE

Who's swimming tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A Final - 1:42.99

Gendron broke the school record in the morning to book her ticket to tonight's action. She swam the second-fastest time in the preliminaries in 1:42.99. She will swim in lane five tonight, right next to Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin of California, who had the fastest time in 1:42.86. Gendron is no stranger to this stage. This is her third career championship final in the 200 freestyle. She was sixth as a sophomore and fifth as a junior. She was also ninth as a freshman, winning the consolation.

100 BREASTSTROKE

Who's swimming tonight?
Molly Hannis - A Final - 59.62

Hannis did not swim her best time in the preliminaries, but it was just enough to get her into her first individual championship final. She swam the eighth-best time in 59.62. At the SEC Championships, she improved her own school record with a time of 58.22. She finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke last year as a sophomore.

100 BACKSTROKE

Solernou finished just short of scoring for Tennessee in individual competition. The senior, who leads the team on both medley relays, finished in a tie for 18th in a time of 52.67. She was just .03 away from the top 16. She will still be in action tonight as part of the 200 medley relay.

3-METER DIVING

Who dove tonight?
Tori Lamp - B Final - 11th place (overall) - 360.70

Past tense here. For the second consecutive day, Tori Lamp finished her competition in the afternoon. After placing ninth on the 1-meter springboard Thursday, Lamp followed that up by finishing 11th in the 3-meter competition. She finished third in the consolation heat with a score of 360.70. That six-day score is the highest 3-meter score for Lamp since 2012 when she set the school record in 381.85. Her best event, the platform, is coming up Saturday. She has placed second on the tower the last two years at NCAAs.

 

 

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