Molly Hannis second in 100 backstroke in SEC meet

Different year, same result for Tennessee’s Molly Hannis at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships

The junior finished second in the 100-yard backstroke Friday in Athens, Ga.

Tennessee senior Sam Rairden was third place in the men’s 100 backstroke, while Lauren Solernou, Lindsay Gendron, Faith Johnson, and Hannis finished third in the 400 medley relay for the Lady Vols.

Hannis had a time of 58.22 seconds just behind that of Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson, who improved her American record time in 57.28.

In the women’s team standings, Tennessee is fourth with 579 points, just ahead of Auburn’s 571. Host Georgia leads with 1098.

The UT men are in fifth place with 568 points, just four points behind Missouri. Florida leads with 1097.5.

The meet concludes Saturday night.

“We had some people stand up and perform beautifully and in finals tonight, we had a few swims that went slower, than faster,” Tennessee coach Matt Kredich said in a UT release.

“We just talked as a team that it’s OK to make those kinds mistakes out of going after it. We had some passionate performances tonight. Some didn’t come up the way we wanted, some were great.”

After a career best time of 46.01 in the prelims to earn the top seed in the 100 back finals, Rairden followed up with a 46.05 to earn bronze. Sophomore Sean Lehane was just behind his teammate in fourth in 46.35.

“Both those guys wanted to win it, so it’s kind of bittersweet,” Kredich said.

Gendron’s butterfly leg of the 400 medley was a big part of 3:30:19 finish. Her 51.62 was the fastest butterfly split of the competition.

“In some ways, the most exciting swim of the night was Lindsay’s split on the 4x100 medley relay,” Kredich said.

“I think a lot of people counted us out of the mix, including the national championship mix because we don’t supposedly have a sprint flyer. Lindsay ends up being the fastest sprint flyer in the field.”

Women’s Tennis: Tennessee suffered a 4-3 loss to Ohio State (4-4) in Columbus, Ohio.

The Lady Vols dropped the doubles point after a 8-3 loss at No. 1 doubles by Joanna Henderson and Laurence Guevremont and an 8-4 defeat by Ambika Pande and Brittany Lindl at No. 3

After Guevremont surrendered the next point with a 6-3, 7-5 loss, the Lady Vols came back with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory by Lindl.

At No. 4 singles, Victoria Olivarez fell 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.

A 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win by Tiffany Tavares got Tennessee within one point, but Guevremont lost 6-3, 7-5 to seal the win for Ohio State (4-4).

Eve Repic won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 1 singles for Tennessee.

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