June 5, 2013
2012-13 PROFILES IN EXCELLENCE
Tennessee earned four season awards in the 2012-13 College Swimming Profiles in Excellence publication released on Wednesday afternoon.
Coming off a program best third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the Lady Vols were named the Female Breakout Team of the Year. Their late-meet push for bronze also earned them the Championship Performance honor.
The Vols and Lady Vols were both honored as pulling off the most exciting upset of the year as the two beat Georgia at home on Senior Day. The Lady Vols defeated eventual national champion Georgia 161-139 for their first win over UGA since 1989. The Vols earned a 161.5-132.5 win that afternoon as well.
The 2013 season was a special one for the Lady Vols. The team won its first three NCAA relay titles in program history: the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. Senior Kelsey Floyd swam a leg on all three championship teams and junior Lindsay Gendron reached the A Final in all three of her individual events at the national meet.
Junior Tori Lamp was named the CSCAA National Diver of the Year and helped spark the Lady Vols' run for third place by taking silver on platform in the second-to-last competition, setting the stage for the 400 freestyle relay team to finish fourth and earn enough points to move into third. Dave Parrington was named the CSCAA Women's National Diving Coach of the Year.
The Vols improved six places at the NCAA meet from a year ago, finishing 16th. The Vols also finished fourth in the SEC Championships.
The annual publication is edited by Navy's head swimming and diving coach Bill Roberts.
2012-13 College Swimming Profiles in Excellence
Female Walk On Athlete: KlaireKorver, Pepperdine
Male Walk On Athlete: Dylan Coggin, John Hopkins
Female Breakout Athlete: Liz Pelton, Cal
Male Breakout Athlete: Kevin Cordes, Arizona
Female Career Improvement, c/0 2013: Katie Meili, Columbia
Male Career Improvement, c/0 2013: Zack Turk, Michigan (Kenyon)
Diving Career Improvement: Kelly Hendricks, Eastern Michigan
Female Break Out Team: Tennessee
Male Break Out Team: North Carolina State
Most Exciting Meet Women: Denison vs. Kenyon Dual
Most Exciting Meet Men: Harvard-Yale-Princeton (HYP)
Most Exciting Upset Women: Tennessee over Georgia Dual
Most Exciting Upset Men: Tennessee over Georgia Dual
Championship Performance Female: Tennessee
Championship Performance Male: Michigan
Women's Assistant Coach: Nikki Kett, John Hopkins
Men's Assistant Coach: Josh White, Michigan
Making an Impact: Mike Bottom, Michigan
Female Breakout Athlete: Faith Johnson, Tennessee