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Lady Vol Swimming & Diving in Second After Day One of UT Invite

By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The ninth-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team saved its best performance for last, as the 400y medley relay team recorded a runner-up finish in the final event of day one of the Tennessee Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

Returning three of the four from last season's Southeastern Conference champion relay team, the third-place 400y MR team consisted of senior Jenny Connolly, junior Kelsey Floyd, sophomore Lindsay Gendron and freshman Molly Hannis. The group touched in with a season-best readout of3:38.74, which was a full eight seconds faster than the previous best and also an NCAA B-cut mark.

No. 10 Texas A&M leads after day one with a score of 301 points. The Orange and White are in second with a score of 208 points, followed by No. 17 Louisville with 194. Arkansas is fourth (172), LSU is fifth (158.5), Kentucky is in sixth (99.5) and Southern Illinois rounds out the field in seventh (18).
To begin the evening, the Big Orange quartet of Connolly, junior Caroline Simmons and sophomores Alexandria Frasier and Gendron had UT’s best finish in the 200y free relay. The foursome touched in at 1:33.85 to grab sixth, while juniors Abbie Alton and Floyd and sophomores Kate McNeilis and Sloane Pitman finished one spot behind in seventh, after a clocking of 1:34.25.
Gendron was the lone swimmer for the Lady Vols in the 500y  free‘A’ final, as she notched fourth with a season-best time of 4:46.68. The B-cut time was nearly four seconds faster than her previous best mark on the year.
Like Gendron, Floyd also had fourth-place finish in the evening finals. The Lexington, Ky., native registered a career-best readout of 2:01.98 in the 200y IM to earn fourth.  Her event time was the 14th fastest on Lady Vol performers list and just .19 seconds shy of qualifying as a B-cut.
A trio of Big Orange swimmers made the 50y free ‘A’ final, in Simmons, Alton and Frasier. Simmons was the team’s top finisher, as her time of 23.63 seconds was good for sixth in the splash-and-dash event. Alton clocked a season-best time of 23.77 seconds, while Frasier touched in at 24.08 seconds, resulting in the two claiming seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the diving wells, Lady Vol divers finished spots four through six on the 1-meter board. Sophomore Tori Lamp had UT’s best placing, registering a season-best score of 289.65 to notch fourth. Behind her were junior Jodie McGroarty andsenior Gabrielle Trudeau. McGroarty finished fifth with a tally of 286.75, while Trudeau grabbed sixth with a six round score of 286.20.
“I was pleased with our overall team performance today,” Tennessee head diving coach Dave Parrington said. “Having three in the finals tonight was excellent. They were all very solid. Each one of them did some really good things, but alsomade some little mistakes that are typical at this point of the year. We have to iron some of those things out but I’m excited from what I saw on the one meter.”
Tennessee will resume the Invite tomorrow, beginning with morning prelims at 10 a.m. and the finals getting underway at 6 p.m. Events scheduled for Thursday are the400y IM, 100y fly, 200y free, 100y breast, 100y back, 3-meter diving, 200y medley relay and the 800y free relay.
##Tennessee Lady Vol Swimming and Diving##
Event                                              Team                   Winner                                         Time/Score
1-meter diving                         Texas A&M      Jaele Patrick                             316.85
200y free relay                        LSU                                                                                  1:31.21
                                                  - Kendall, Niemi, Carter, Goates
500y free                                     Texas A&M      Cammile Adams                     4:41.38
200y IM                                        Louisville         Tanja Kyllianinen                  1:59.46
50y free                                        Louisville         Amanda Kendall                    22.36
400y medley relay                LSU                                                                                  3:25.48
                                                  -Griffiths, Schwabe, White, Glass



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