Meet Notes (PDF)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Lady Vol swimming and diving team will host Indiana in its second meet of the new year on Jan. 18 at the Student Aquatic Center. The day will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the men’s and women’s one-meter diving competition. The swimming portion of the schedule is slated to start at 1 p.m.
“This will be our toughest home meet yet this season,” head swimming coach Matt Kredich said. “Indiana actually started a little slow this season but soundly beat a very good Michigan team last weekend and served notice that they’re a real force. They are the defending Big Ten champions. They have a few athletes that will be competing for individual national championships, and so they know how to compete. I know the team is really looking forward to a great competition.”
“[Diving] Coach Jeff Huber and I are good friends and our respective divers have many a good battle on the boards over the years,” head diving coach Dave Parrington said. “I don’t expect any thing different this time around. I have the utmost respect for Indiana which has a strong and storied diving tradition. This year, despite the absence of USA Diving National Champion and NCAA All-American Christina Loukas who is red-shirting while vying for a spot on USA Diving’s World Cup and Olympic teams, is no exception.”
Most recently, the Hoosiers took first place over No. 13 Michigan, Notre Dame and Illinois with 1108 points at the Irish Invitational on Jan. 12 in South Bend, Ind. Sophomore-transfer Kate Zubkova set two pool records in the backstroke and helped her team record 10 NCAA provisional qualifying times over the course of the two-day meet.
Indiana brings a 1-4 dual meet record to the Student Aquatic Center. The team’s only win came over Northwestern (163.5-136.5) on Oct. 26, 2007. The squad then lost a close double-dual meet to Texas and Michigan by scores of 190-180 and 207-163, respectively. On Nov. 30, IU traveled to Lexington, Ky., to take on its first SEC opponent in the Kentucky Wildcats. While the Hoosiers walked away with a 164-134 loss, sophomore Presley Bard and freshman Amanda Smith won two races each.
Tennessee is coming off a 220-131 victory over Northwestern, in which the Lady Vols won all but three of the 19 events contested on Jan. 5 in Knoxville. Freshman distance swimmer Aleksa Akerfelds was named the National Swimmer of the Week on collegeswimming.com for her two NCAA “B” cuts and three wins versus the Wildcats.
The Big Orange sports a 4-1 record in dual meets this year, with its only loss coming to two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Auburn on Nov. 10. The Lady Vols are 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference and will follow Friday’s meet with two match-ups against SEC rivals in Georgia (Jan. 26) and Florida (Feb. 1).
Tennessee and Indiana met earlier in the season as the Lady Vols ventured to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosierland Open, Nov. 15-17. While there was no team scoring at the event, UT swimmers recorded several NCAA qualifying times and fared well against the field of No. 3 California, No. 16 Penn State, No. 24 Indiana, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida International, Kenyon and Miami (Ohio).
Today’s match-up marks the first meeting between the two schools in a dual-meet format, although the Lady Vols competed in invitationals hosted by IU from 1999-2002 and again in 2007.
|Order of Events|
|11:30 a.m.||One-meter Diving (M&W)|
|1 p.m.||200y Medley Relay|
|Three-meter Diving (W)|
|Three-meter Diving (M)|
|200y Individual Medley|
|400y Freestyle Relay|