UT swimmers close Invitational with seven wins

The final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta was especially inviting to the Tennessee women’s swimming and diving team.

The Lady Vols won the nine-team competition with 1,136.5 points while the men finished second out of three teams with 1,507 points. Georgia Tech won the men’s competition with 1,763 points.

The two Tennessee teams combined for seven wins Sunday.

“I think this was our best session of the whole meet,” associate coach Tyler Fenwick said in a UT release. “The team had a lot of energy. They were all cheering for each other.”

Madeline Tegner, Camryne Morris and Morgan Dickson, all freshmen, took a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, with Tegner (16 minutes, 22.19 seconds) and Dickson (16:28.83) both recording top-10 times in program history.

The men and women each had victories in the 100 freee by Luke Percy (43.48) and Faith Johnson (50.43).

Sean Lehane won the 200 backstroke in 1:44.86. UT also won the men’s and women’s 400 free relays.

Mauricio Robles completed a sweep in diving with a victory in the 10-meter platform with 380.30 points.

Volleyball: Tennessee was able to slow down half of Alabama’s one-two attack of Krystal Rivers and Brittany Thomas. But the other half made up for that in full.

Thomas had 18 kills to only four errors, hitting at a .452 clip, as the Crimson Tide (23-8, 10-6 SEC) beat the Lady Vols (9-22, 1-16) 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 in Tuscaloosa.

Rivers (400) and Thomas (374) have combined for 774 kills this season, well better than Tennessee’s top two in kills of Ashley Mariani (280) and Jamie Lea (271).

While Rivers struggled with just five kills and four errors, Thomas kept Alabama going in two tight sets.

The Lady Vols led as late as 17-16 in the second set and were up 22-19 in the third set before falling.

“I was very pleased with the effort we put out in today’s match,” Lady Vols coach Rob Patrick said in a UT release. “We fought every single point, even when we weren’t playing perfect volleyball. We really pushed Alabama to the brink in sets two and three where we had an opportunity to win those two sets.”

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