Vols, Lady Vols each finish fourth at SEC Swimming and Diving Championships

Versatility was the name of the game for Tennessee junior Sam Rairden in his third SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Rairden earned a silver medal in his third different stroke Saturday, finishing second the 100-yard freestyle in 42.74 seconds to close out the conference meet in College Station, Texas.

Rairden played a role in six medals for the Vols between individual races and relays. He took silver in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, setting a school record in the fly in just the sixth time he ever swam the race in college.

In Tennessee’s first season as a combined men’s and women’s program, the Vols finished fourth in the team standings with 787.5 points. Auburn’s 16-title winning streak came to a close as Florida won the men’s competition with 1,408 points.

In the women’s final standings, the Lady Vols also finished fourth with 1,018 points. Georgia won the title with 1,420, followed by Texas A&M (1,296) and Florida (1,190.5).

After the meet, platform champion Tori Lamp, a Bearden High School graduate, was named SEC Diver of the Year for the second consecutive season. Dave Parrington also was voted SEC Women’s Diving Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Freshman Sean Lehane broke the second-oldest record in the Tennessee record book. He swam the 200 backstroke in 1 minute, 41.84 seconds to beat Tripp Schwenk’s mark set in 1992. At the time he swam the race, the time was the fastest in the country this season but was later surpassed in the last prelim.

Lehane went on to take the bronze medal in the 200 backstroke, his first career individual medal.

Sophomore Molly Hannis, who set the school record in the 100 breaststroke on Friday, did the same in the 200 event on Saturday, touching the wall in 2:08.78.

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