March 22, 2014
Here's a quick look at how Tennessee competed in Saturday's morning preliminary sessions, plus who to watch for tonight. The finals start at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be streamed by ESPN3.
200 BACKSTROKETennessee had three swimmers but no final qualifiers in the 200 backstroke. Amanda Carner just missed the cut, finishing 20th in 1:54.38. Lauren Driscoll was 45th in 1:56.83 and Anna DeMonte was 48th in 1:57.73.
100 FREESTYLEWho's swimming tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A Final - 47.66
Lindsay Gendron had an incredible -- and busy -- morning. She broke two school records and swam in three preliminary races. She started off her day with the 100 freestyle, swimming the fifth-fastest time in the field in 47.66. Her time broke Michelle King's previous school record of 47.93. She finished eighth in this event last year. Faith Johnson missed the finals, finishing 32nd in 48.88.
200 BREASTSTROKEWho's swimming tonight?
Molly Hannis - B Final - 2:08.35
Hannis swam a second off her SEC time a month ago to finish ninth overall in the prelims in 2:08.35, making her the top seed in the consolation final. She finished 13th in the 200 breaststroke last season (2:09.40). This is the second consecutive year she has made the final in both breaststroke events. She was sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
200 BUTTERFLYWho's swimming tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A Final - 1:53.36
After the 100 freestyle, Gendron was back in the competition pool a few minutes later for the 200 butterfly, an event she only started swimming competitively at the Last Chance Meet in early march. She became the first Lady Vol to swim under 1:54, clocking a time of 1:53.36 to beat Kelsey Floyd's 2011 school record of 1:54.17. Gendron's time was the second-fastest in the preliminaries. During her career, Gendron has now made the top eight in five different individual events: 200 free (3 times), 100 free (2 times), 500 free (1 time), 1650 freestyle (1 time) and 200 fly (1 time).
PLATFORMWho's diving tonight?
Tori Lamp - A Final - 334.65
Lamp reached her individual championship final with a strong finish to her preliminary list on platform Saturday afternoon. Her score of 334.65 was the third-best during the preliminaries. She achieved the lofty score with some point left on the board early in her list. She has finished second in the event the last two years. Defending champion Haley Ishimatsu had the highest score of 340.90 in prelims.
400 FREESTYLE RELAYWho's swimming tonight?
Tennessee - A Final - 3:13.88
The team of Faith Johnson, Harper Bruens, Kate McNeilis and Lindsay Gendron squeezed into the championship final with the eighth-best time in preliminaries. Their time of 3:13.88 is just over a second off their SEC pace, so there is room to improve this evening from the outside lane. This race could spell a big difference in the team standings to end the meet; Tennessee enters the final session just a point ahead of Florida.