March 16, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - The University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming & diving team will be represented in five of the seven swimming events this evening at the NCAA Championships after day two morning prelims wrapped up at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
The second day of the national meet opened with the 200y medley relay, an event that Lady Vols entered with the fastest clocking in the nation. The Big Orange made it a perfect three-for-three in qualifying relays for championship finals, as the foursome of senior Jenny Connolly, juniors Kelsey Floyd and Caroline Simmons and freshman Molly Hannis accumulated a third-place time of 1:35.75.
The momentum carried over into 100y fly prelims for the Orange and White, with Connolly and Floyd both finishing in the top eight to advance to the championship final. Connolly's readout of 51.84 seconds was good for third in the prelims, while Floyd notched a personal-best clocking of 52.05 seconds to grab fifth.
After winning the consolation final a year ago at NCAAs in the 200y free, Lindsay Gendron will compete in the event's championship final this season. The sophomore swam an eighth-place time of 1:44.57, .15 seconds faster than ninth.
Connolly qualified for her second championship final on the day after her 100y back time of 51.92 seconds ranked fifth in the field.
The Big Orange 800y free relay will take to the waters tonight, as the event is a timed final. The foursome that achieved UT's best time in the relay this season is made up of sophomores Alexandria Frasier and Kate McNeilis, Floyd and Gendron.
Hannis touched in at 1:00.94 to grab 28th, while Colonias notched 38th with a time of 1:01.94. Solernou and McNeilis each were in action in the100y back, with Solernou earning 21st after a time of 53.11 and McNeilis touching in at 53.88 to place 43rd. Frasier swam the 200y free in 1:49.30, which was good for 57th.
A pair of UT divers will be in action this afternoon in redshirt junior Jodie McGroarty and redshirt sophomore Tori Lamp. The duo will take to the 3-meter springboards with the top eight qualifying for the championships finals tonight, while spots 9-16 compete in the consolation final that will begin shortly after prelims.