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Lady Vols Win Nine Events but Fall to Georgia, 169-131

By Todd Mounce


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Despite taking first in two more events than top-ranked Georgia, the 14th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team came up a bit short on Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Bulldogs prevailed by a score of 169-131 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

"We swam really well and it was really about what we expected in terms of our performance," Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich said. "We had a few people really step forward and race well. We were looking for unconscious, aggressive racing."

Junior Kelsey Floyd accounted for a pair of victories in individual events, while also being on both winning relays versus the Lady Bulldogs. Individually, Floyd swept the fly events, winning the 100y event in 53.59 seconds, while touching in at 1:56.50 in the 200y fly. Both were season-best and NCAA “B” cut readouts for the Lexington, Ky., native.

In the afternoon’s first event, the 200y medley relay, Floyd along senior Jenny Connolly, classmate Caroline Simmons and freshman Molly Hannis combined for the win. The quartet finished with a B-cut time of 1:39.01, which was a UT season best.

Lindsay Gendron replaced Hannis in the 400y free relay, as the sophomore plus Floyd, Connolly and Simmons touched in at 3:19.22 for the triumph with another B-cut and season-best mark.

Also picking up a pair of individual wins was Gendron, who claimed victories with B-cut readouts in the 200y free and 500y free events. The Bloomington, Ind., product won the 200y free after touching in at 1:45.06. She then registered a time of 4:41.06 in the 500y free, which is the second-fastest event time in Lady Vol history and a B cut.

"Lindsay swam the best 500 that she has swum at Tennessee, in terms of how she execute the race," Kredich said. "That was outstanding."

By earning first in the 100y back, Connolly is now a perfect 3-3 in the event in dual meets this year. The senior finished with a season-best time of 53.05 seconds.

In the diving wells the Big Orange swept both boards, taking spots one, two and four on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.

It was a day of career bests for redshirt sophomore Tori Lamp. The Knoxville, native won the 3-meter event after tallying a six-round score of 350.85, which is over 17 points better than her previousbest and ranks second all-time in Lady Vol history.

“I’m excited to get first and second on both boards,” Tennessee head diving coach Dave Parrington said. “The highlight was really Tori Lamp’s performance on getting a career high on the 3-meter.”

Gabrielle Trudeau, a senior, scored a first-place tally of 295.88 in the 1-meter competition. Lamp was one spot behind Trudeau after a career-best score of 293.63.

Jodie McGroarty finished runner-up on the 3-meter with a total of 331.20.

“Jodie did a nice job on 3-meter and on 1-meter the completion was really heated,” Parrington said. “Tori actually had the lead entering the final dive on 1-meter, but Gaby came back and beat her out, so I’m excited about that. I feel good about what we did today as we get ready for next week’s senior day and the SEC Championships.”

Other top three finishes and B-cut times on the day included Hannis taking runner-up in the 100y breast (1:01.59 B cut) and Solernou notching third in the 200y back (1:58.57 B cut). Lady Vols who took third included Courtney Ciesielski in the 200y fly (2:01.20), Simmons in the 50y free (23.01) and Kate McNeilis in the 100y fly (56.22).

"Lauren Solernou in the 200y back was really aggressive in the way she competed," Kredich said. "Lauren did really well. Molly Loftus, Erin Gaeckle and Courtney Ciesielski all had career-best times in one or two events."

"As a whole team we competed really well and that was what we were looking for. Georgia was outstanding today and all though we lost a couple close races, we won a couple close ones, so I don’t feel like there is a lot more that we could have done to win the meet. I feel like we made a whole lot of progress since the last time we competed."

For Geogia, Michelle McKeehan had a pair of victories in the 100y breast and 200y breast.

The Lady Vols will host another top 10 program in a week, as Florida travels to Rocky Top for a dual meet on Saturday. It will be Senior Day for Tennessee with meet beginning at noon.

Event                                   Team                 Winner                                  Time/Score
200y medley relay                UT                                                                                1:39.01
- Connolly, Hannis, Floyd, Simmons
100y free                             UGA                   Wendy Trott                                     9:48.01
200y free                             UT                       Lindsay Gendron                             1:45.06
100y back                            UT                       Jenny Connolly                                    53.05
100y breast                          UGA                   Michelle McKeehan                          1:01.24
200y fly                                UT                       Kelsey Floyd                                    1:56.50
50y free                               UGA                   Madeline Locus                                   22.44
3m Diving                              UT                       Tori Lamp                                          350.85
100y free                             UGA                   Madeline Locus                                   49.43
200y back                            UGA                   Kelsey Gaid                                      1:57.21
200y breast                          UGA                   Michelle McKeehan                          2:11.69
500y free                             UT                       Lindsay Gendron                             4:41.06
100y fly                                UT                       Kelsey Floyd                                       53.59
1m Diving                              UT                       Gabrielle Trudeau                              295.88
200y IM                                 UGA                   Melanie Margalis                               1:58.62
400y free relay                    UT                                                                                3:19.22
- Connolly, Floyd, Simmons, Gendron



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