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Big Orange Swimmers Conclude SEC Prelims
Lindsay Gendron and Kelsey Floyd

Lindsay Gendron and Kelsey Floyd

Feb. 18, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimmers wrapped up Saturday's prelims portion of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championships successfully, as the Big Orange will send competitors to the championship finals in all five individual events.

Junior Kelsey Floyd enters the 200y fly championship final with the top seed after the prelims, touching in at 1:56.35. Floyd narrowly missed winning the SEC event crown a year ago, finishing runner-up by .22 seconds.

Kate McNeilis claimed seventh in the prelims to qualify for the 200y back "A' final. The sophomore finished the event with a career-best time of 1:56.19. She made the consolation final in the event in 2011.

Junior Caroline Simmons will be in action in the 100y free championship final, advancing after a fifth-place prelims time of 49.20 seconds. A transfer from Buffalo, Simmons won the 100y free at the MAC Championships the past two seasons.

Kirstyn Colonias qualified for her first championship final this morning, placing seventh in the 200y breast after a readout of 2:12.04. She made the 'B' final last season in Gainesville, Fla.

The Lady Vol divers will have their turn on the towers this afternoon, looking to add more to the list who are in action tonight. Tori Lamp, Jodie McGroarty and Gabrielle Trudeau will compete in the platform prelims at 12:30 p.m.

Sophomore Lindsay Gendron is slated for heat three of the mile later tonight, as the event will be swum during the finals. The first two heats of the 1650y free will get underway at 3:45 p.m. ET.

The Orange and White will also send six to the consolation finals later today.

Lauren Solernou took ninth in the prelims in the 200y back, while Erin Gaeckle clocked a time of 2:00.36 to grab 16th.

Abbie Alton will swim in the 100y free after her time of 50.12 was good for 15th. Fresh off two first-place finishes yesterday, Molly Hannis touched in at 2:13.45 to notch 11th in the 200y breast.

Kennedy Higdon and Brooke Watson finished 10th and 11th in the 200y fly prelims. Higdon recorded a mark of 2:00.65 and Watson finished the race in 2:00.75.

The 400y free relay will close out the day and league meet. The combination of Jenny Connolly, Floyd, Simmons and Gendron have registered the fastest UT time of the year in the event.



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