Six Lady Vols Earn All-SEC Accolades

Feb. 28, 2011

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By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Six Lady Vols added All-SEC honors to their resumes as the Southeastern Conference announced its all-conference swimming and diving awards after the SEC Championships that took place over Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 16-19 in Gainesville, Fla.

Junior Jenny Connolly and sophomore Kelsey Floyd each received First Team All-SEC accolades for the second straight year.

Connolly brought home three gold medals over the course of the meet, winning the 100y back and fly events and swimming the lead leg of the 400y medley relay squad that set a new conference and UT record time of 3:30.90. All of her winning times were NCAA automatic qualifiers.

Floyd was also a member of the historic 400y medley relay quartet and set a new Lady Vol record in the 200y fly with an NCAA A-cut time of 1:54.17 to finish second.

Making up the other half of the 400y MR were senior Martina Moravcikova and freshman Lindsay Gendron.

Along with her performance in the relay, Moravcikova also finished third in the 100y breast, recorded NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 59.78 second in the prelims and finished sixth in the 200y breast.

Gendron, who swam the anchor leg of the medley relay, also grabbed fourth in the 1650y free with a season-best clocking of 16:07.37.

Aleksa Akerfelds, a senior, was named to the Second Team All-SEC for her runner-up performance in the mile. The Bronxville, N.Y., native also was a member of the 800y free relay squad that took third and set a new UT record in the 400y IM.

Lauren Solernou and Gendron were both named to the conference's All-Freshman team. Solernou had a pair of top-eight finishes at the meet, claiming fourth in the 200y back and sixth in the 100y back.

Tennessee captured its fourth-straight fourth-place conference finish at the 2011 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships after accumulating 466.50 points.

Up next for UT will be the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships held in Athens, Ga., from March 10-12. Less than a week later, the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be hosted by the University of Texas over March 17-19 in Austin, Texas.





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