Oct. 20, 2010
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team will take a break from Southeastern Conference competition this week, as it hosts BIG EAST conference member Louisville at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center for a 2:40 p.m. dual meet on Thursday.
Coming off a 171-129 win over Arkansas, the Lady Vols (1-0 overall, 1-0 SEC) will be the first competition of the season for Louisville. Dating back to the first meeting between the two squads in 1984, the Lady Vols hold a 7-1 advantage over Louisville.
Last season, the Cardinals got their first-ever win against UT, edging the Big Orange by a score of 152-148. It took a pool record swim in the final event, the 400y free relay, for Louisville to get past Tennessee at the Cardinals' Ralph Wright Natatorium.
Lady Vol head swimming coach Matt Kredich
Tennessee has a quick turnaround as it just competed last Saturday and head swimming coach Matt Kredich believes the team needs to be at its best to win against a tough opponent.
"Louisville is a very strong team, top to bottom, and they have great depth," Kredich said. "They have a number of athletes who will be at the NCAA Championships and who have a good shot to score. We expect their best, and their best is pretty darn good, so we have to be good top to bottom in every single event in order to beat them."
Coming off a dual where they won 13 of the 16 events, the Lady Vols were powered in large part because of the success of sophomore Kelsey Floyd.
The Lexington, Ky., native accounted for 40 points against the Razorbacks, swimming NCAA B-cut and first-place times in the 100y and 200y fly events and legs on the winning 200y medley and 200y free relays. As a result, Floyd was tabbed the SEC Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday for her efforts.
"Kelsey exemplifies a lot of the things we really believe in," Kredich said. "Last year we feel like she got better every day. This year she started off at a really high level and she sees herself moving forward from there."
UT diving coach Dave Parrington
In the collegiate debut for 10 freshmen, the group accounted for seven individual event wins and had three members on the winning 200y free relay. Leading the way with three individual wins was Lindsay Gendron, who dominated the free events, notching first-place finishes in the 100y, 500y and 1000y frees.
On the boards, head coach Dave Parrington got impressive performances from redshirt freshman Tori Lamp and junior Gabrielle Trudeau. Due to injury and illness Lamp sat out last season, but proved she hasn't forgotten how to compete by winning on the 1-meter (279.53) and 3-meter (307.73) boards with zone qualifying scores. Trudeau had a zone qualifying score on the 1-meter (272.18) for the third consecutive year.
"For Tori to come through and win the 1-meter event on the final dive of the meet speaks volumes for her competiveness and her competitive spirit," Parrington said. "Gabbi had to hit the last dive at that point in the meet or the whole tone of the meet changes. For them to come through in that situation was extremely clutch and getting the zone scores out of the way takes a lot of pressure off and we can continue to build from here."
Originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m., the time has been moved up to 2:40 p.m. The women's 3-meter dive and the men's 1-meter dive will begin the dual, with swimming events to follow.