Saturday Night at the NCAAs

March 23, 2013


The NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships wraps up tonight in Indianapolis. From the tower diving to the relays, here's a Tennessee rundown of what to watch.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Lindsay Gendron - A Final - 48.18 (6th)
Faith Johnson - 2nd Alternate 48.65 (18th)

Impressively, Lindsay Gendron booked her ticket for her third individual A final of the meet. She swam in the championship heats of the 200 free and 500 free earlier this week. Gendron posted the sixth-fastest time in the 100 freestyle in 48.18, just .03 off her career best.

Faith Johnson is the second alternate for the 100 freestyle finals, which makes an evening swim remote. She finished 18th in 48.65, a tenth of a second slower than her SEC time. Caroline Simmons was 24th in 48.98 and Harper Bruens was 44th in 49.63.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Molly Hannis - B Final - 2:08.94 (10th)

Molly Hannis is the only Lady Vol to ever swim under 2:10 in the 200 breaststroke. Now, she's done it twice. Hannis was just off her school record pace in 2:08.94, good for the 10th-best time in prelims. She finished ninth Friday in the 100 breaststroke. Both results show how far Hannis has come in the last year. At the 2012 NCAAs, she was 28th in the 100 breaststroke and 39th in the 200 breaststroke.


Who's Diving Tonight?
Tori Lamp - A Final - 335.35

Lamp is right back where she was last year, with the top score coming out of prelims on the platform. This time, the Knoxville native looks to end the meet with the gold, instead of silver.

This has been an impressive meet for Lamp. Known nationally as one of the top platform divers, she has shown off her versatility on every board this week. She is the only diver in the field to have made the A finals on every board. That's three first-team All-America honors for Lamp.


Who's Swimming Tonight?
Tennessee - A Final - 3:13.96 (5th)

The Lady Vols broke their school record by just over two tenths of a second in the prelims, swimming in 3:13.96, good for the fifth-fastest time. The team of Caroline Simmons, Faith Johnson, Kelsey Floyd and Lindsay Gendron had previously set the school record at the SEC Championships last month in 3:14.18.

While the Lady Vols had no evening qualifiers in the 200 backstroke, they did have one swim a career best. Freshman Amanda Carner led the way for UT, placing 33rd in 1:55.57. Madison Hahn was 38th in 1:56.39 and Lauren Solernou was 46th in 1:57.70.

In the 200 butterfly, Floyd missed qualifying in either final of her signature event, swimming three seconds slower than her seed time in 1:57.84. Mary Griffith took 32nd in a career-best time of 1:58.59.





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