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Tennessee Swimming and Diving Tops UNCW in Opening Dual Meet

The Lady Vols won 14 events against the Seahawks
By Todd Mounce


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team got its season off on the right foot, winning 14 out of 16 events to defeat UNC-Wilmington 194.5-105.5 on Friday afternoon at Seahawk Natatorium in Wilmington, N.C.

“It was great to get the season started,” Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich said. “This was the earliest that we have competed since I have been here and I really like swimming a meet this early. It really gave us a chance to focus on some specific things that are difficult to focus on until you get into a meet.”

As a team, the Big Orange shattered four pool records. Leading the way for Tennessee were senior Jenny Connolly and sophomore Lindsay Gendron, both of whom won multiple events for UT on the day.

Connolly’s summer success carried over into her senior campaign, as she won the 200y back after touching in at 2:04.22 and added another victory in the 200y fly with a time of 2:03.74. Gendron, who won multiple events in every regular season dual meet she competed in last season, grabbed first in the 100y free (51.00), 100y fly (56.20) and 200y IM (2:05.08). B

The Lady Vols grabbed spots one through three in the 1,000 free, as junior Kelsey Floyd won the event in 10:10.68. Sophomore Alexandria Frasier finished runner-up after clocking a time of 10:32.57, while fellow sophomore Kennedy Higdon took third in 10:37.10.

Three freshmen earned their first win in an Orange and White swim cap against UNC-Wilmington. Jennifer Darby notched the top spot in the 200y free with a readout of 1:54.75, Molly Hannis won the 200y breast by touching in at 2:21.72 and Caroline Simmons registered a time of 24.12 seconds to place first in the 50y free.

“We got good contributions from some of our newcomers,” Kredich said. “I thought Caroline Simmons had a great meet. Jenny Darby also showed she is a really tough swimmer.”

Following a redshirt season last year, sophomore Sloane Pitman returned to action in a big way, earning first in the 500y free with a mark of 5:06.76. Senior Kirstyn Colonias and sophomore Kate McNeilis had Tennessee’s two other swimming wins. Colonias grabbed first in the 100y breast (1:05.78), while McNeilis earned the victory in the 100y back (56.57).

In the diving wells, the Orange and White made it a clean sweep. Senior Gabrielle Trudeau notched first on the 1-meter boards with a score of 297.75. In second was redshirt sophomore Tori Lamp, who registered a tally of 276.60 in the event.

The duo switched places on the 3-meter boards, as Lamp grabbed the top spot, followed by Trudeau in second. Lamp was dominant in the event, winning with a score of 309.00, while Trudeau had the next best score of 266.47.

“In all, it was a productive meet and a good way to start,” Kredich explained. “It was good to be able to swim against a high quality team against UNC-Wilmington.”

The Seahawks won both the 200y medley relay and the 200y free relay.

The Lady Vols will remain in Wilmington, as the team is slated to compete in the UNCW Open Water Swim tomorrow at 8 a.m. at Seahawk Natatorium.



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