Thursday Night at the NCAAs

March 27, 2014

Here's a quick look at how Tennessee competed in Thursday's morning preliminary sessions, plus who to watch for tonight. The finals start at 8 p.m. Eastern.


Who's swimming tonight?
Tennessee - B Final - 1:17.54

The Vols will compete in the first race of tonight's evening session, swimming in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Luke Percy, Troy Tillman, Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom and Sam Rairden finished in 1:17.54, just off their pace from the SEC Championships. It was the 11th-fastest time in the preliminaries.

200 IM

Tristan Slater gave the Tennessee school record a run for its money in the preliminaries of the 200 IM. He finished the race in a career-best time of 1:44.59, just .02 off Michael Christy's 2008 team record. The time was good for 23rd place. It took 1:43.66 to make the B final.


Luke Percy came up just short of the finals in his first career NCAA individual race, placing 25th in 19.56. It took 19.42 to make the final.


Who's swimming tonight?
Tennessee - B Final - 3:07.66

Tennessee is back for a second relay later in the evening, racing in the consolation heat of the 200 medley relay. The team of Sean Lehane, Renato Prono, Sam Rairden and Luke Percy recorded the 13th-best time in the field in 3:07.66. The race was plagued by DQs in the field with six teams getting DQed for early takeoffs on the exchanges.


Who dove tonight?
Mauricio Robles - B Final - 3rd place (11th overall) - 358.20

Mauricio Robles scored the Vols' first points of the meet by placing 11th overall in the 1-meter springboard. He had the ninth-best score in the afternoon preliminaries and had to fight his way back in an up and down consolation competition get get back to third in the eight-diver field. It was his first career All-America honor on springboard. He finished ninth on platform as a freshman in 2012.





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