Swimming World Trials Recap

July 1, 2013

From the United States to across the pond in England, it was a productive week for the Tennessee swimmers at their respective nation's World Championship Trials.

Former Lady Vol and Olympic silver medalist Christine Magnuson qualified for Team USA in the 50-meter butterfly to highlight Tennessee's performance at the meet. In all, former and current Tennessee swimmers accounted for nine appearances in A finals (7 for the women, 2 for men).

Among the current Lady Vols, Molly Hannis enjoyed a breakout performance on the national stage. She reached three championship finals, finishing fourth in the 100 breaststroke, sixth in the 50 breaststroke and eighth in the 200 breaststroke.

Sean Lehane, who recently finished his sophomore year, was the only current Vol to make an A Final, finishing eighth in the 200 backstroke. He owns the school record in yards for that event.


Tennessee will be represented in both the pool and the diving well at the FINA World Championships, which runs July 16 - Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain.

Magnuson returned to Team USA by winning the 50 butterfly midway through the meet. Magnuson was a silver medalist in the 100 butterfly at the 2008 Olympics. She won the race in 26.08 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in the world this year.

In diving, rising senior Tori Lamp will be competing in her best event, the platform at the World Championships. Barcelona's 10-meter diving platform is one of the unique diving venues in the world, with competitors being able to see the entire city from all sides of the outdoor tower.


While UT's American swimmers were in Indianapolis, Tristan Slater was the lone Vol to compete in the British World Championship Trials last week, posting career bests in his three primary events. Slater reached the finals in both the 200 and 400 IM. He was seventh in the 400 IM (4:23.33) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:02.67). He also placed 12th in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.18).

Slater took a big step forward across all events in his second season with the Vols this spring. At the SEC Championships, he took seventh in the 200 IM and 10th in both he 200 breaststroke and 400 IM. He was also part of the All-American 800 freestyle relay team.


Tennessee's busy summer of competition continues next week with the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The entire event runs July 6-17, with the swimming competition taking place the 10th through the end of the WUG. Head coach Matt Kredich is making the trip and will serve as coach of the U.S. women's team. One member of that team will be recent graduate Kelsey Floyd in her World University Games debut.

Renato Prono, a rising senior from Paraguay, will represent his home nation at the meet. He also competed for Paraguay at the 2011 Pan-Am Games.

In other meets, several Tennessee swimmers in action at the Speedo Championship Series' Southern Zone meet in Athens, Ga. The 2013 U.S. Open runs July 30 through Aug. 3 in Irvine, Calif. The meet should feature a number of Vols and Lady Vols, including those who did not compete at last week's trials.

Saturday Results

50 Free: 3. Christine Magnuson, 25.05; 8. Simmons, 25.48; 12. Faith Johnson, 25.61.

Tristan Slater's Results

200 Breaststroke - 11th, 2:15.18
(prelims - 6th. 2:15.46)

200 IM - 8th, 2:02.67
(semifinals - 8th, 2:02.52; prelims - 5th, 2:04.21)

400 IM - 7th, 4:23.33
(prelims - 7th, 4:24.54)





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