Lady Vol Swimming & Diving Finishes Tennessee Invite in Second
By Amanda Pruitt
Tenn. - Behind multiple finalists in three races and a trio NCAA B-cut
times Friday, the ninth-ranked Lady Vols remained second to finish the
Tennessee Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic
Tennessee ended the three-day swimming and diving meet
with 691 points. Texas A&M was the champion with 1173.5 points.
Louisville was third with 594.5, followed by Arkansas (580.5), LSU
(517.5), Kentucky (331) and Southern Illinois (45).
championship events for the day started in the early afternoon with the
platform diving, which the Lady Vols were competing in for the first
time all season.
After a slow start with her first two dives,
Tori Lamp climbed the leader board with her final three dives on the
tower. She finished in second with 293.85 points. Gabrielle Trudeau was
not far behind, totaling 257.55 points, good for a third-place finish.
Lamp really got off to a horrendous start," Tennessee coach Dave
Parrington said. "Her first two dives she had a total of 67 points,
which was about what I would have asked for her first dive alone. She
really got off to a bad start.
"I asked her to compete a little
better after those first two rounds and from that point on she showed
what she really can do on the platform with three great dives. I gave
her a ten on her final dive, which might have been a little bit high,
but it was a phenomenal dive. I was very pleased with the way she came
back. We've really got to work on getting a better start because when
it comes down to the really big meets, like the SEC and NCAA, that's
not going to cut it."
Tennessee did not have any individual
champions on the final day, but three Orange and White swimmers
recorded NCAA B-cut times: Molly Hannis in 200-yard breaststroke,
Lindsay Gendron in 1650 freestyle and Kelsey Floyd in the 200 butterfly.
finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2 minutes, 15.98
seconds, the second-fastest time on the team this season. Samara Gelb
was seventh in 2:17.03 and Kirstyn Colonias was fourth in 2:18.24.
picked up a pair of fourth-place finishes in the longest event,
followed by one of the shortest races a little while later. In the 1650
freestyle, Gendron touched the wall in 16:20.25.
In the 100
freestyle, Gendron paced the Lady Vols with a time of 50.44, good for
fourth place. She was followed closely by Floyd, who finished fifth in
50.55. Abigail Alton was seventh in 51.16 and Kate McNeilis was eighth
Floyd swam the second-fasted 200 butterfly on the team this season in 1:59.24.
Big Orange also had a pair of finalists in the 200 backstroke as Lauren
Solernou finished seventh in the 200 backstroke (2:01.79) and McNeilis
was eighth in 2:02.31.
The Tennessee Invitational wraps up the
Lady Vols' collegiate competition for the fall semester. Several
members of the team will swim in the USA Swimming Winter Nationals in
Atlanta from Dec. 1-3.
Women 200 Breastroke: 5. Molly Hannis - 2:15.98, 7. Samara Gelb- 2:17.03, 8. Kirstyn Colonias-2:18.24
Women 100 Freestyle: 4. Lindsay Gendron- 50.44, 5. Kelsey Floyd-50.55, 7. Abigail Alton-51.16, 8. Kate McNeilis-51.80
Women 200 Backstroke: 7. Lauren Solerman-2:01.79, 8. Kate McNeilis-2:02.31
Women 1650 Freestyle: 4. Lindsay Gendron-16:20.25, 18. Kennedy Higdon-17:18.47, 23. Molly Loftus-17:39.95
Women 200 Butterfly: 6. Kelsey Floyd-1:59.24
Women Platform (5 Dives Final): Victoria Lamp-293.85, 3. Gabrielle Trudeau-257.55