Oct. 14, 2011
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Propelled by a combined eight individual wins between senior Jenny Connolly, junior Kelsey Floyd and sophomore Lindsay Gendron, the White team was able to push past the Orange squad, 96-66, on Friday afternoon in the annual Orange and White exhibition meet at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
"It was certainly a lot of fun," Lady Vol head swimming coach Matt Kredich said. "The Orange and White competition has become a great tradition. The two teams jaw back-and-forth all week and got a chance to race in their home pool."
An All-American and Southeastern Conference champion in the 100y back and 100y fly, Connolly won both of the events at the meet. In the 100y back, Connolly touched in at 54.74 and registered a time of 55.90 seconds in the 100y fly to notch the victories.
Floyd and Gendron, who each won multiple events in every regular-season meet last year, continued that trend on Friday by winning three events.
Floyd placed first in the distance free events and the 200y back as the Lexington, Ky., native won the 500y free after a time of 4:55.35, the 1,000y free with a clocking of 10:09.08 and the 200y back after a mark of 2:01.65.
Gendron registered first-place finishes in the 100y free, 200y free and 200y IM. In the 100y free, Gendron won the event with a time 50.99 seconds, touched in at 1:48.54 to earn the victory in the 200y free and won the 200y IM in 2:04.77.
The trio, along with freshman Caroline Simmons, combined to win the final event of the meet, the 400y free relay, after a clocking of 3:25.98.
Also recording wins for the White squad were senior Kirstyn Colonias and junior Brooke Watson. Colonias claimed the top spot in the 200y breast with a mark of 2:19.01. Watson was victorious in the 200y fly, swimming a time of 2:04.59 in the event.
The only other individual win for the White team came from freshman Molly Hannis in the 100y breast. As the lone competitor in the event, Hannis swam the winning time of 1:03.54.
The Orange squad found most of its success in the diving wells, as senior Jodie McGroarty and sophomore Tori Lamp each earned victories. McGroarty, who missed all of last season, was victorious on the 3-meter boards with a score of 330.70. Lamp's score of 334.00 was good for the win on the 1-meter boards.
"Our freshmen are getting some experience, but we still haven't seen them under pressure yet," Kredich said. "Obviously, we'll use this meet to frame our focus for this coming week and continue to train. We are just excited to be in action at home."
The Lady Vols will resume regular-season action next Saturday, when Kentucky and Indiana invade Rocky Top for a double dual meet that begins at 10 a.m.