Jan. 31, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For their outstanding efforts in helping the No. 10 Tennessee Lady Vol swimming & diving team knock off No. 2 Florida last weekend, the Southeastern Conference selected sophomore Lindsay Gendron as its Swimmer of the Week and Molly Hannis as the Freshman of the Week.
Gendron was victorious in every event she competed in versus the Gators, as broke a Tennessee record in the 1000y free and notched NCAA B-cut times in each of her four events.
She won the 1000y free after touching in at 9:39.33, topping the previous-best readout of 9:40.65 set by Aleksa Akerfelds at last season's league meet. The time ranks second in the NCAA this season and is an Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center pool record.
The Bloomington, Ill., product also swam the country's 10th-fastest 200y free time with a first-place clocking of 1:46.45, while her 500y free mark of 4:55.37 ranks 14th. All three of her individual times (200y free, 500y free and 1000y free) rank in the top five of the conference.
During the 2011-12 campaign, Gendron took the top spot in 22 dual-meet events, as she has won all but two events.
Like Gendron, Hannis claimed first in every event she took part in. Individually she won the 100y and 200y breast events, while also swimming a leg on the first-place 200y medley relay squad.
All three of times were season bests for Hannis and B-cut times, highlighted by her 100y breast time of 1:01.15 being the fastest readout in the nation last week. The time also ranks her sixth all-time on the UT performers list.
The 200y medley relay quartet of Hannis, Connolly, Floyd and Simmons combined to touch in at 1:38.72, which is the ninth best in Lady Vol history. Hailing from Santa Rosa, Calif., the freshman's 200y breast time of 2:14.35 is good for ninth on the performers list.
Tennessee has now won SEC Swimmer of the Week for two consecutive weeks, as Floyd was bestowed the award a week ago. It is also the sixth time the Lady Vols have been honored, as Hannis has already been named the Freshman of the Week twice and Tori Lamp earned Diver of the Week on Jan. 10.
UT will host the 2012 SEC Championships that will be held over Feb. 15-18.