Nov. 1, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Senior Katie Gehring swam a career-best, while senior Carly Mathes and freshman Jenny Connolly each won two individual events as the 10th-ranked Lady Vol swimming and diving team improved to 5-0 by defeating Kentucky 201-95 at Lancaster Aquatic Center on Saturday.
Tennessee captured 12 of 16 events, including six events where it grabbed the first three places.
"This was one of our best meets in terms of focus and intensity from beginning to end," Lady Vol head swimming coach Matt Kredich said. "We knew early on that we would win the meet, but we didn't let up and I'm real proud of our team."
Gehring won the 50y free in a career-best 23.33. Her previous best was 23.42.
"Katie Gehring's swim in the 50y free was the highlight of the meet for me," Kredich said. "She's worked real hard and been really patient, and it paid off today."
Mathes won the 200y free in 1:49.46 and the 500y free in 4:55.93, while Connolly swept the backstroke events, capturing the 100y back in an NCAA B qualifying time of 55.01 and coming from behind to take the 200y back in 2:01.01. She also placed second in the 100y fly (54.86). Additionally, Connolly and Gehring combined with junior Jamie Saffer and sophomore Morgan Farrell to win the 200y medley relay in a season-best 1:43.68.
Sophomore Aleksa Akerfelds won the 1000y free in 9:52.84 and turned around to place third in the 200y free, the very next event, to complete a difficult double.
Saffer won the 100y breast in 1:03.83, while junior Alex Barsanti and sophomore Martina Morvcikova tied for second in 1:04.63.
Freshman Jodie McGroarty won the 1-meter diving competition, edging UK's Jessie Snowden 251.77 to 251.10. Snowden took first in the 3-meter competition, though, with a score of 284.63. McGroarty finished second in 273.67. "This young team continues to learn the ropes," Head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "I'm encouraged by our results especially since it was our first meet on the road."
UK's only swimming wins came from Megan Pulskamp, who won the 100y fly (54.77) and the 200y fly (2:02.03). Pulskamp later teamed with Jenna Newsome, Kayla Sergesketter and Chelsea Peterson to win the 400 free relay in 3:29.13. The Lady Vols return to action Nov. 20-22 when they host the first-ever Allan Jones Invitational in Knoxville.