Victories, NCAA B-cut times for Lady Vols

Jenny Connolly, Gabrielle Trudeau and Kelsey Floyd had something in common Friday during the second day of the Tennessee Invitational: victories and NCAA B-cut times.

It was enough to keep the Lady Vols in second place at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

Virginia Tech still leads with 731 points, followed by UT (647), Kentucky (592) and Alabama (520).

"Like yesterday we got a lot of swims in and every time we swim we have an opportunity to learn something," said Lady Vols coach Matt Kredich. "The attitude of this team has been phenomenal and they have embraced the opportunity to learn from their races."

In the 100-yard butterfly, Floyd and Connolly both swam NCAA B-cut times. Floyd touched first in 53.66 seconds with Connolly third in 54.05.

Connolly won the 100 backstroke with a season-best and B-cut time of 54.23.

For Trudeau, the second day of the meet was a lot like Thursday in 3-meter diving. Trudeau again won the preliminary round, this time on the 1-meter, and won with a zone score of 277.90.

"The success that Gabbi has had with last night's win along with the win today will do her wonders," said UT diving coach Dave Parrington. "She is competing really well within herself and there is certainly room for improvement, which is good to know."

Connolly, Martina Moravcikova, Floyd and Mary Kate McNeilis touched in at a B-cut time of 1:41.92 to claim second in the 200 medley relay. Kentucky won the event in 1:39.92.

Moravcikova finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a B-cut time of 1:01.74.

Alabama still leads the men's field with 829.5 points. Virginia Tech moved into second place at 639 followed closely by Tennessee in third with 627.5 points and Kentucky in fourth at 389.

UT junior Ryan Helms won the 3-meter diving at 376.70.

Ryan Harrison had the UT men's lone swimming victory Friday. The sophomore won the 200 free in 1:37.46.

Michael DeRocco led most of the 100 fly before getting tapped out at the wall by Alabama's Anestis Arampatzis by one hundredth of a second and finished in 48.01.

"We started this evening very flat," UT coach John Trembley said. "We were just not where we needed to be. But Ryan Harrison and Michael DeRocco showed up with some brilliant races. Our breaststrokers and backstrokers swam very well, today, as did our divers."

Swimming preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. today with finals for the mile freestyle starting at 4 p.m.

Notebook: Erika Hajnal and Katarina Filova of Virginia Tech both set new pool marks. Hajnal, who set a pool record in the 500 fly Thursday, won the 400 individual medley in 4:10.37. Filova won the 200 free in 1:47.15.

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