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Saturday Night at the NCAAs



March 29, 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 on ESPN3.

Mauricio Robles starts platform diving prelims at 1:30 p.m.

200 BACKSTROKE

Who's swimming tonight?
Sean Lehane - A Final - 1:39.42

Sean Lehane broke his own school record for the third time this season, winning his heat of the 200 back in 1:39.42. He has the third-fastest time in the field heading into tonight's championship finals. He is the first Vol swimmer since 2008 to reach an individual championship final. (In 2008, Jonas Persson took fifth in the 100 freestyle and Michael Wolfe was sixth in the 200 butterfly.) Lehane will make a bid for gold tonight. Ryan Murphy has the fastest time in the field in 1:39.16 and Eric Ress of Indiana has the fastest time this year in 1:38.89. Tripp Schwenk, UT's previous record holder, is the only Vol in history to win gold in the 200 backstroke, doing so in 1993.

100 FREESTYLE

Who's swimming tonight?
Luke Percy - B Final - 42.49

Luke Percy is in his first individual final, swimming the 11th fastest time of the morning in 42.49. He was just .07 away from reaching the A final. The freshman took silver in the 100 freestyle at the SEC Championships in a school-record time of 42.22.

200 BUTTERFLY

Tristan Slater missed the finals in the 200 butterfly, swimming in 1:48.22.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY

Who's swimming tonight?
Tennessee - A Final - 2:51.93

The Vols will be competing in their first championship relay final tonight in the 400 freestyle relay to end the meet. The team of Luke Percy, Troy Tillman, Sam Rairden and Sean Lehane recorded the seventh-fastest time in prelims in 2:51.93. Four SEC teams made the final: Auburn (1st seed), Florida (4th), Alabama (6th) and Tennessee (7th).

 

 

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