Oct. 23, 2013
Tennessee's Last Meet: Sophomore Sean Lehane and freshman David Heron led Tennessee to a 169-124 SEC-opening victory over South Carolina at home last Friday. Lehane won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events -- his 200 back time leading the nation in 1:45.51. He was named the SEC Swimmer of the Week for his efforts. Heron was the SEC Freshman of the Week after winning the 500 and 1000 freestyle events. Mauricio Robles punctuated his return to the diving well by winning the 1 meter and finishing second on 3 meter. Tennessee won 9 of 16 events against Louisville.
About Louisville: Louisville's lone dual meet win came Oct. 11 against Xavier (189-70). It was a dominating affair for the Cardinals, which won every single competition in the men's and women's meet. The roster is headlined by NCAA 200 free champion Joao De Lucca. He won the 100 and 200 freestyle in the Xavier opener. Kameron Chastain (100 breast, 200 breast) and Jake Schultz (500 free, 1000 free) also won multiple events at the meet. Chastain was named the AAC Swimmer of the Week.
Last Time vs. Louisville: Nearby swimming strongholds Tennessee and Louisville face off nearly every season, including a meet in Knoxville last year. Thanks to winning the close races, Tennessee defeated Louisville 168.5-131.5. Tristan Slater led the way with two come-from-behind finishes to win both the 200 butterfly and 200 breaststroke. UT swept the diving events, with Robles winning the 1-meter springboard.
Tennessee's Last Meet: The Tennessee women finished first in 10 of 16 events last week against South Carolina, en route to a 169-124 victory at home to start the SEC season. Three UT swimmers won multiple events, including two returning SEC champs. Senior Lindsay Gendron won her familiar 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, while sophomore Faith Johnson took care of the 50 and 100 freestyle. Freshman Heather Lundstrom, in the wake of all-time great Kelsey Floyd's graduation, has taken care of her butterfly responsibilities in the early goings of this year, winning the 100 and 200 butterfly.
About Louisville: Tanja Kyllainen was named the AAC Swimmer of the Week while helping Louisville finish third at the SMU Classic. Kyllainen won three events and currently has the fastest 200 butterfly time in the nation at 1:54.99. The Louisville women picked up their dual meet win 195-64 over Xavier on Oct. 11. Three swimmers won multiple events.
Last Time vs. Louisville: The Tennessee women put together a sharp meet against Louisville at home last year, winning 14 of 16 events on their way to a 190-107 win on Oct. 25. Lindsay Gendron was a three-race winner for Tennessee that day, taking the 1650 freestyle and 200 freestyle in bakc-to-back races and then winning the 400 IM. Molly Hannis (100 breast, 200 breast), Faith Johnson (50 free, 100 free) and Jodie McGroarty (1 meter, 3 meter) all won multiple events.