The Tennessee men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were both victorious at home this weekend against South Carolina for the squads’ first home victories of the season.
Men’s head coach John Trembley was pleased with his team’s effort in protecting their home turf, 184-115, against the Gamecocks.
“We had a great meet today,” he said. “We have a lot of guys who are hitting their groove and really starting to swim well.”
Ryan Helms won the one-meter springboard event with a score of 388.50. It was a career-best and pool record for the Moultrie, Ga., native who has already been named the SEC Diver of the Week three times on the season.
“The highlight of our day was Helms’ performance on the one-meter,” diving coach Dave Parrington said. “This is the best one-meter list he has done this year, and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Helms also stayed undefeated on the season in the three-meter dive with a score of 388.88.
Two Vol relays tied for first place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:31.72. A team of Chris Winchell, Brad Craig, Michael DeRocco and Herbie Behm hit the wall in stride with the relay of Ricky Henahan, Mattias Kahlin, Giles Smith and Paschall Davis.
Ryan Harrison winning the 200 freestyle and Ricky Henahan taking the 100 backstroke for the fourth time on the season. Craig won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes with times of 56.07 and 2:01.17, respectfully. DeRocco won the 50 freestyle while Ed Walsh earned his first victory as a Volunteer in the 100 freestyle (45.92). Smith also won his first collegiate event with a victory in the 100 butterfly (49.25).
The team of Henahan, Walsh, Craig and Davis won the 200 free relay (1:24.22).
Sophomore Anders Storvik competed in the 100 backstroke with a cast on his arm but still managed a fourth-place finish.
On the ladies’ side, Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich’s squad took down the Gamecocks 179-121.
“Kelsey (Floyd), Morgan Farrell, Aleksa Akerfelds and Breanna Folk all stepped up and were all really focused today,” Kredich said. “We changed it up and had different people swim different events. The team’s focus was better than last week, and that was our main goal.”
Floyd led the Lady Vols with two victories in the 200 freestyle (2:01.32) and the 200 backstroke (1:59.25). Farrell won her first event at Tennessee in the 100 backstroke (56.50). Akerfelds, a distance specialist, touched first in two individual events, the 400 individual medley (4:23.28) and the 1000 freestyle (10:02.03), while Folk won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.56).
Michele King took the 50 freestyle (23.04) after teaming with Jenny Connolly, Farrell, and Atlantis Wilkins to win the 200 medley (1:44.34). Tori Richmond earned a first-place finish in the 200 breaststoke (2:19.35).
Gabrielle Trudeau placed second in the one-meter dive with a score of 269.48 while Jodie McGroarty placed third in the three-meter but earned a NCAA Zone qualifying score of 289.50.