Nov. 18, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Behind multiple finalists in three races and a trio NCAA B-cut times Friday, the ninth-ranked Lady Vols remained second to finish the Tennessee Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Tennessee ended the three-day swimming and diving meet with 691 points. Texas A&M was the champion with 1173.5 points. Louisville was third with 594.5, followed by Arkansas (580.5), LSU (517.5), Kentucky (331) and Southern Illinois (45).
The championship events for the day started in the early afternoon with the platform diving, which the Lady Vols were competing in for the first time all season.
After a slow start with her first two dives, Tori Lamp climbed the leaderboard with her final three dives on the tower. She finished in second with 293.85 points. Gabrielle Trudeau was not far behind, totaling 257.55 points, good for a third-place finish.
"Victoria Lamp really got off to a horrendous start," Tennessee coach Dave Parrington said. "Her first two dives she had a total of 67 points, which was about what I would have asked for her first dive alone. She really got off to a bad start.
"I asked her to compete a little better after those first two rounds and from that point on she showed what she really can do on the platform with three great dives. I gave her a ten on her final dive, which might have been a little bit high, but it was a phenomenal dive. I was very pleased with the way she came back. We've really got to work on getting a better start because when it comes down to the really big meets, like the SEC and NCAA, that's not going to cut it."
Tennessee did not have any individual champions on the final day, but three Lady Vols recorded NCAA B-cut times: Molly Hannis in 200-yard breaststroke, Lindsay Gendron in 1650 freestyle and Kelsey Floyd in the 200 butterfly.
Hannis finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2 minutes, 15.98 seconds, the second-fastest time on the team this season. Samara Gelb was seventh in 2:17.03 and Kirstyn Colonias was fourth in 2:18.24.
Gendron picked up a pair of fourth-place finishes in the longest event, followed by one of the shortest races a little while later. In the 1650 freestyle, Gendron touched the wall in 16:20.25.
In the 100 freestyle, Gendron paced the Lady Vols with a time of 50.44, good for fourth place. She was followed closely by Floyd, who finished fifth in 50.55. Abigail Alton was seventh in 51.16 and Kate McNeilis was eighth in 51.80.
Floyd swam the second-fasted 200 butterfly on the team this season in 1:59.24.
The Lady Vols also had a pair of finalists in the 200 backstroke as Lauren Solernou finished seventh in the 200 backstroke (2:01.79) and McNeilis was eighth in 2:02.31.
The Tennessee Invitational wraps up the Lady Vols' collegiate competition for the fall semester. Several members of the team will swim in the USA Swimming Winter Nationals in Atlanta from Dec. 1-3.