UT Set for U.S. Swimming World Trials

June 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- Current, former and future Tennessee athletes are prepared to compete starting Tuesday at the U.S. World Championship Trials at the Indiana University Natatorium.

The meet runs Tuesday through Saturday as the Vols and Lady Vols look for an opportunity to book a spot on Team USA for the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, later this summer. Like the Olympic Trials last summer, this meet will take place in long course meters rather than the short course yards of collegiate competition.

Recent graduate Kelsey Floyd narrowly missed making the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. She made the A Final in both the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, two events she is slated to swim again this week. Former Lady Vol and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Christine Magnuson also came close to making the 2012 Olympic team and is scheduled to swim four events at the world Trials.

Other Lady Vols competing include: Lindsay Gendron, Molly Hannis, Faith Johnson, Amanda Carner, Mary Griffith, Kate McNeilis, Caroline Simmons and Lauren Solernou.

Rising senior Sam Rairden is set to lead the Vols on the men's side. The Richmond, Va., native earned All-America honors in five events and earned three individual SEC silver medals in 2013. He is slated for the busiest week with five events entered: the 50 backstroke, the 50 butterfly, the 100 backstroke, the 100 butterfly, and the 100 freestyle.

Another rising senior, Sam Petersen, earned his cut time for the trials in the 1500 freestyle recently at the Knoxville meet. Petersen has put together a strong summer so far, making the top eight at an open water national distance race in California last month.

Additional Vols in the field are Sean Lehane and former Vol Brad Craig, who still trains in Knoxville.

November signees Michelle Cefal of Oregon (50, 100, 200 butterfly) and David Heron of California (distance freestyle) are also in the field.


(Event, seed time placement)

Amanda Carner
400 IM, 26th

Kelsey Floyd
200 fly, 2nd
50 fly, 3rd
100 fly, 3rd
200 free, 40th

Lindsay Gendron
100 free, 21st
200 free, 29th
400 free, 20th

Mary Griffith
200 free, 34th
400 free, 32nd

Molly Hannis
50 breast, 5th
100 breast, 5th
200 breast, 13th

Faith Johnson
50 free, 24th
100 free, 36th

Kate McNeilis
100 back, 29th

Caroline Simmons
50 free, 38th

Lauren Solernou
50 back, 21st
100 back, 24th

Christine Magnuson (former Lady Vol)
100 free, 20th
50 fly, 5th
100 fly, 5th
50 free, 2nd

Michelle Cefal (November signee)
50 fly, 10th
100 fly, 12th
200 fly, 6th

Sean Lehane

50 back, 28th
100 back, 30th
200 back, 14th

Sam Rairden
50 back, 40th
50 fly, 14th
100 back, 44th
100 fly, 18th
100 free, 15th

Sam Petersen
1500 free, 19th

Brad Craig (former Vol)
50 breast, 10th
100 breast, 10th
200 breast, 18th

David Heron (November signee)
800 free, 11th
1500 free, 10th

200 Butterfly
100 Freestyle
Women's 800 Freestyle
Men's 1500 Freestyle
400 Freestyle relay

200 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Backstroke
50 Butterfly
Men's 800 Freestyle Relay

400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
50 Breaststroke
Women's 800 Freestyle Relay

400 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
400 Medley Relay

Women's 1500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
800 Freestyle
50 Freestyle





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