May 10, 2013
Competing in different states along the east coast, Tennessee's swimmers and lone diver had a productive opening day to a busy weekend of summer competition.
Representing Team USA, Tori Lamp placed 12th in preliminaries on the women's platform at the FINA USA Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is schedule to compete in synchronized platform diving on Saturday.
Meanwhile in North Carolina, All-American Molly Hannis highlighted Tennessee's day at the Charlotte UltraSwim with second-place finishes in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events. Amanda Carner, who just completed her freshman season, also made an A final by taking eighth in the 400 individual medley relay.
Ordinarily, a 12th-place finish on platform would have sent Lamp to the next round of competition, but only the top two American divers could advance and she was the third. Lamp scored 283.45 on the outdoor platform in her first competition since the NCAA Championships.
"This is just another step in her development as a world-class international diver, which she undoubtedly needs more experience at," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "The goal right now is to qualify for the world championships team or the world university games team next week and there's no doubt this week's competition will help prepare for that meet."
Lamp will stay in Florida for next week's world championship trials, also an outdoor meet.
CHARLOTTE ULTRASWIM: DAY 2
While the UltraSwim started on Thursday, Tennessee began competition Friday. It was a busy day for most swimmers, many of whom were entered in two events.
While she enjoyed a fantastic freshman year in 2012, Hannis stepped onto the national spotlight as one of the nation's best breaststrokers at the SEC and NCAA Championships this season as a sophomore. Hannis rode that wave of success right into her first summer long course competition.
Hannis finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1 minute, 07.39 seconds. She nearly logged a victory in the 50 breaststroke, taking second by a hundredth of a second in 30.72.
Carner provided another highlight for the Lady Vols. The team's individual medley leader improved her time in the evening to take seventh in the 400 IM in 4:51.82.
Mary Griffith, another freshman, also had a good day by placing 10th in the 200 freestyle (2:01.89) and 19th in the 100 butterfly (1:01.82). Lady Vol leaders Lindsay Gendron (12th in the 200 freestyle) and Kelsey Floyd (14th in the 100 butterfly) both recorded top-20 finishes.
Like Hannis, former Vol and SEC Champion Brad Craig had a good day in the breaststroke on the men's side, taking seventh in the 100 meter (1:02.53) and fifth in the 50 meter (28.46).
Sam Rairden had the best day of the active Vols, claiming a pair of top-20 finishes in the Grand Prix event. He was 11th in the 50 backstroke (26.22) and 16th in the 100 butterfly (55.65).
FINA USA GRAND PRIX
Women's Platform Prelims
12. Tori Lamp, USA, 283.45
Friday's Tennessee Results
(All distances in long course meters)
200 Freestyle: 10. Mary Griffith, 2:01.89; 12. Lindsay Gendron, 2:03.23 ... (prelims) 35. Kelsey Floyd, 2:06.66
100 Breaststroke: 2. Molly Hannis, 1:07.39
50 Backstroke: 29. Erin Gaeckle, 31.51.
400 IM: 7. Amanda Carner, 4:51.82
50 Breast: 2. Molly Hannis, 30.72
200 Freestyle: 23. Tristan Slater, 1:53.65
50 Backstroke: 11. Sam Rairden, 26.22
100 Butterfly: 16. Sam Rairden, 55.65 ... (prelims) 54. Chris Sadsad, 57.97; 62. Oystein Hetland, 58.43.