Oct. 9, 2009
By Zach Stipe
KNOXIVLLE, Tenn. - By capturing 11 of 14 events, the White team defeated the Orange squad, 166-83, on Friday afternoon at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, as the Tennessee women's swimming and diving team kicked off the 2009-10 season by holding the annual Orange and White Exhibition Meet.
Freshman Kelsey Floyd was spectacular in her first meet as a Lady Vol, winning the 200y free (1:51.04), 200y back (2:01.85), 500y free (5:01.93) and swimming a leg on the victorious 200y free relay (1:36.32) for the White team.
Senior Michele King and sophomore Jenny Connolly also won four events a piece for the White team, including both the 200y medley relay (1:45.95) and 200y FR. Individually, King captured the 50y free (23.24) and the 100y free (51.86), while Connolly won the 100y back (55.64) and the 100y back (55.46).
King and Connolly each earned six All-America honors last season.
Junior Martina Moravicikova dominated the breast events for Team Orange, placing first in both the 100y breast (1:04.91) and the 200y breast (2:19.63).
"It was great to watch our freshman compete," Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich said. "Kelsey Floyd had a great meet, and Jenny, Michele and Martina had some good swims. We were a little conservative with who we decided to swim this week, but we're excited to face off against Louisville and LSU next week.
Sophomore Tori Richmond was the other individual swimming event winner for the White, taking the 200y fly (2:05.25). Freshman Breanna Folk captured the 200y IM (2:04.83) for the Orange's other swimming win.
In diving, the Orange and White split the competitions. Sophomore Gabbi Trudeau, of the White team, captured first on the 1-meter board, registering a score of 329.40. The Orange squad's Jill Pierce, a junior, edged Trudeau 327-75-325.90 on the 3-meter.
"It was a solid performance for the Lady Vol divers," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "The whole team competed with a lot of spirit and energy and did a great job. We are looking forward to competing next week."
The Lady Vols open the regular season next Thursday when they travel to Louisville, Ky., to take on the Cardinals before traveling to Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday to face the Tigers of LSU.