The Lady Vols swimming and diving team is looking forward to its meet with national championship contender Georgia on Saturday.
Coming off a big win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 12, the Lady Vols hope to keep the momentum rolling.
"Every meet for us is essentially kind of a cumulative effort, so we want to get better every time, and everything that we've worked on last meet we want to apply to this meet," head coach Matt Kredich said.
At Virginia Tech, junior Lindsay Gendron led Tennessee with a pool record in the 1000-yard freestyle and by winning the 500-yard freestyle. Kredich is expecting big things from her this weekend.
"She is a phenomenal racer," Kredich said. "She's going to have the chance to go up against an Olympic gold medalist in the 200 free and another number of the top 4x200 free relay that won a gold medal and she loves this stuff. She loves racing the best people so putting her in that situation is really comfortable for her."
A few freshmen stood out for the Vols in their last meet. Gustav Aberg Lejdstram won his first ever race at Tennessee, while Sean Lehane won the 200 meter backstroke and finished second in the 100 meter backstroke. Ben Miller placed second in the 1000 meter freestyle, with a career-best time of 9:27.43, and also finished second in the 500 meter freestyle.
"I think they're doing great," Kredich said. "They've been really open and receptive. They're showing steady improvement all year long. But my view is it's time for those guys to start really taking ownership of this team and not being just passengers, they need to start kind of start driving the train and I haven't seen that as much as I'd like to and these next few meets will give them an opportunity to do that."
The meet with the Bulldogs is seen as a challenge that both teams look forward to. Senior Kelsey Floyd usually does the butterfly races, but instead won the 200 meter freestyle and finished second in the 500 and 1000 meter freestyle races.
"I expect our team to race really well, get out with a lot of aggressive swims and a lot of energy," Floyd said. "We have such great competition in Georgia so I'm excited for close races."
"Their women's team is a national championship contender this year so they're going to use this meet to try to take another step towards winning a national championship," Kerdich said. "So we expect them to be a great team, really deep, very good at the top and in a number of events and I think we can go toe-to-toe with them in a lot of events, especially at the top end. Their men are probably the most improved team in the country from last year to this so far and that's because they have a phenomenal freshman class. I expect a lot of those guys to compete with a lot of enthusiasm."
The Lady Vols are 6-0 in dual meets this season and the Vols are looking to improve on a 3-3 record. The meet with Georgia will be at noon on Saturday at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.