Friday Night at the NCAAs

March 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- After the morning preliminaries, three Lady Vols will be swimming in individual finals Friday on the middle day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Junior Lindsay Gendron was the only one to make an A Final, swimming the sixth-fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle.

The Lady Vols are also qualified in the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Lauren Solernou/Molly Hannis/Kelsey Floyd/Caroline Simmons - A Final - 1:36.20 (4th)

The day Vols will be back in contention for another national title in the relays this evening in the 200 medley relay. The Lady Vols are the SEC Meet record holders in this event. Caroline Simmons looks to be swimming the freestyle anchor leg instead of freshman Faith Johnson, who swam it at SECs.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Kelsey Floyd - B Final - 52.36 (11th)

Kelsey Floyd missed out on A Final by just over a 10th of a second. Floyd clocked the 11th-best time in prelims in 52.36, which is good for All-American honorable mention honors and gives her a chance to earn the Lady Vols some points this evening. Freshman Faith Johnson was 48th in 54.61, missing qualifying.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A Final - 1:44.27

Gendron was in a relatively slow heat but did what she needed to clock a qualifying time in the 200 freestyle (1:44.27). She is the recently-crowned SEC champion in the event and will be swimming against four conference foes in the final, three of them from Georgia.

Freshman Mary Griffith was not far from qualifying in her first race, taking 20th in 1:46.12. Fellow freshman Harper Bruens was 45th in 1:48.11.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Molly Hannis - B Final - 59.31 (9th)

Molly Hannis was just one hundredth of a second from making the A Final. Instead, she is the top seed in the B final with a time of 59.31.

The Lady Vols had competitors in every event during the morning/early afternoon session.

In the 400 IM, Amanda Carner was 41st in 4:17.24. The Lady Vols had a pair in the 100 backstroke: junior Lauren Solernou was 25th (53.27) and Madison Hahn was 29th (53.40).


Who's Diving Tonight?
Jodie McGroarty - A Final - 348.20 (5th)
Tori Lamp - A Final - 345.35 (6th)

Jodie McGroarty provided plenty of dramatics to end the preliminary 3-meter competition. As the final diver, she know the score she needed to make the final eight. She needed almost a 56 on her sixth dive, and she hit it for a clean 70 to propel herself to fifth and into the evening finals.

Tori Lamp is back in the finals too after a steady list put her in at No. 6 with 345.35 points.

McGroarty and Lamp also made the finals of last night's 1-meter competition as well, with McGroarty taking bronze.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Tennessee - Heat 4 of 4

Prelims of the 800-yard freestyle did not take place in the afternoon session with only four heats needed for the event. The Lady Vols come in with the fourth-fastest seed time in the nation in 6:58.91.





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