Nov. 22, 2010
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following her exceptional performance over the weekend at the Tennessee Invitational, freshman swimmer Lindsay Gendron captured the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week award on Monday.
Gendron continued her strong freshman campaign at the three day meet, highlighted by setting a new Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center pool record in the 1650y free with a first-place time of 16:09.02. The time broke the previous record by nine-tenths of a second. The NCAA B-cut time also ranks sixth on UT's top performance list and third on the Lady Vol performers list.
Other notable performance from the Bloomington, Ill., native include a second-place time of 4:45.13 in the 500y free, which ranks her as the third-fastest performer in UT history and was a B-cut time. Her third-place time of 4:20.45 in the 400y IM ranks eighth on UT's top performers list.
Gendron also swam the anchor leg of four different relay squads that registered B-cut times, including the victorious 400y free relay. Heading into the final 100 yards of the 400y medley relay, UT was in fourth, but a strong push by Gendron propelled the Orange and White to pass Alabama and Kentucky's `B' grouping.
At the UT Invite, she finished third or better in eight events, while recording seven B-cut times.
Also nominated for the award this week were senior basketball player Angie Bjoklund and junior volleyball player Kayla Jeter.
Bjorklund dropped in six three-pointers in her first two games this week and has now recorded 246 for her career, just 20 away from the all-time UT mark (266). Currently, she's third on the all-time list. Against Chattanooga, the senior tallied 20 points, drilling 6-of-12 from behind the arc. Against Virginia, the Spokane Valley, Wash., native scored a game-high 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting (6-of-10 from three) - the most points she's scored since dropping 29 points on Old Dominion in Dec. 18, 2008. She played all 40 minutes and added five rebounds, four assists, one steal and just one turnover.
With her second career double-double, Jeter powered the Lady Vols to a four-set road victory at Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon, smashing out a team-high 13 kills on 39 swings. The Solon, Ohio, native also added 10 digs, a pair of blocks, an assist and a service ace to round out a terrific all-around effort in UT's triumph. In addition, Jeter was the team's top passer, flawlessly handling all 25 serves that came her way. The double-double marks the second of her career with her other one coming against Kentucky on Sept. 29 in Knoxville earlier this season.
Gendron and the team is off until the New Year, as the divers return to the AJIAC to host the Tennessee Diving Invitational over Jan. 3-5. Dual meet competition resumes on Jan. 8 when No. 9 Virginia invades Rocky Top.