Tennessee sweeps South Carolina in swimming

Blaase first; Lady Vols finish third

The University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

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The University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

The Tennessee swimming and diving team opened the SEC season Friday with a men’s and women’s sweep over South Carolina.

The men defeated South Carolina 172-128, while the women won 169-124 at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

“We executed our race plans very well for this point of the season,” Tennessee coach Matt Kredich said in a school release. “We showed some real competitiveness. I thought South Carolina raced tough and exposed some of our weaknesses, which is good for us.”

Freshman David Heron the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 31.98 seconds and the 1,000 free (9:17.80) as the Vols (2-0) won 9 of 16 events, including both relays. Sean Lehane won the 100 (48.36) and 200 (1:45.51) backstroke.

Faith Johnson won the 50 free (22.96) and the 100 free (50.47) for the Lady Vols (2-0).

Freshmen Heather Lundstrom won the 200 butterfly with the 10th fastest time in UT history in 2:00.08. She also won the 100 fly in 55.69.

“The 200 fly seems to be a great event for her,” Kredich said. “She doesn’t mind getting out after it. She’s tough enough to stay after it. She’s a gamer. She’s a real racer.”

Redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles won the 1-meter springboard with 328.80 points.

Senior Tori Lamp of UT suffered a foot injury last week before the Orange and White Meet and has been rehabbing her wrist since the FINA World Championships in August. She has not been able to work her way back to full practice yet, so she just competed on the 1 meter and finished fourth with 269.85.

Women’s Cross Country: Sophomore Chelsea Blaase was first at the Crimson Classic 5K in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to help the Lady Vols finish third.

Blaase held off Alabama’s Katelyn Greenleaf by a second, covering the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 21 seconds.

“She has been coming along pretty much every race,” said J.J. Clark, Tennessee director of track and field/cross country, in a school release. “It was good to see her have the confidence to stay in that front group through the whole race.”

Alexis Panisse of UT was seventh in 17:33.

Alabama won with 54 points. The Lady Vols had 97.

Women’s Tennis: Victoria Olivarez was ousted in the second round of singles qualifying at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional in Memphis.

The freshman defeated Ana Rajkovic of Miami (Ohio) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round before losing to Nayara Morales of Middle Tennessee State 6-2, 6-4.

Freshman Brittany Lindl and sophomore Tiffany Tavares were eliminated by Allyson Westling andAndrea Wolf of Xavier 8-6 in the first round of doubles qualifying.

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trek writes:

Congrats, Vol Swimmers! It was certainly a great day to beat South Carolina!!!

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