The Tennessee men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were both victorious this weekend in dual meets against LSU, while the women’s team was defeated by Louisville on Thursday.
The season opener for the men’s squad saw the Vols beat the Tigers 166-134 in Baton Rouge, La. The Lady Vols won 170-130 against LSU after losing their season-opening meet at Louisville 152-148.
The first victory for the men’s team was Ryan Harrison in the 200 freestyle. He also placed third in the 100 freestyle. First-place finishes by Ricky Henahan in the 100 backstroke, Brad Craig in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and Anders Storvik in the 200 backstroke helped put the Vols on top.
Storvik also placed third in the 100 backstroke. Michael DeRocco touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly and finished second and third in the 50 freestyle and 200 backstroke, respectfully. Michael Christy won the 200 individual medley and finished second in the 200 freestyle.
On the diving side, UT’s Ryan Helms won the one and three-meter diving events. Michael Muscari placed third in both events, and Jordan Mauney finished fourth in the one-meter and fifth in the three-meter.
UT diving coach Dave Parrington was happy with the Vols’ performance on the diving side.
“I’m pleased with how we did on the boards today,” Parrington said.
The women’s season began in heartbreaking fashion against Louisville. The Lady Vols held the lead going into the final event, but a pool-record performance by Louisville in the final 400 freestyle relay gave the Cardinals the victory.
“We missed a lot of opportunities to win this meet,” Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich said. “We did not respond well to the challenge Louisville gave us.”
Despite the loss to Louisville, the Lady Vols responded against LSU on Saturday. The 200-medley relay team of Jenny Connolly, Morgan Farrell, Jamie Saffer and Michele King swam a pool-record 1:42.53 en route to a first-place finish. Connolly and King later teamed with Cailin Perks and Kelsey Floyd to win the 400 free relay.
Connolly also made noise individually by finishing first in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle. Saffer was victorious in the both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. King sprinted to victories in the 50 and 100 freestyles, while Aleksa Akerfelds took distance victories in the 1000 and 500 freestyles.
In the diving events, Gabbi Trudeau dove to a second-place finish in the one-meter event and a third-place finish in the three meter. Skye Sanders took fourth in both events.
After two road meets to start the season, Kredich knows his Lady Vols have a long way to go.
“We have some really high goals for this year,” Kredich said. “We have a lot of work to do.”