The No. 12 Tennessee women's swimming and diving team went back and forth against No. 8 Florida last Saturday on senior day at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Both teams exchanged leads until late in the meet.
It wasn't until the final event – the 400-yard freestyle relay – that Tennessee pulled away for good, taking the podium at first and third.
Fueled by senior Lindsay Gendron's four event wins, UT defeated the Florida women's swimming and diving team, 152-148.
"If you look at it historically, until two years ago we had never beaten Florida in a dual meet, and two years ago at the same meet we won," swimming head coach Matt Kredich said. "The fact that we were able to win, it is a great thing for the seniors. It is a great thing for the underclassmen to watch the way they performed today. It is a big deal for us.
"We now have an attitude of expecting to win or at least expecting to compete. We are not expecting to get beat anymore. To have that competitiveness and confidence, that is huge for the program."
For Gendron, the win on senior day was even more special due to her four race victories that ultimately gave her team the edge.
"I have seen this day (senior day) go on – this is my fourth year watching – and we kind of set a tradition here to win senior meets," Gendron said, "so I just wanted to give everything I can in my last home meet here."
Senior day means so much more for the competitors competing in their final home event, but Gendron stated that this memory will be even more profound because of the effort the team as a whole put forth.
"(It is) absolutely (something I'll remember)," Grendon said, "and I think it is even better that it came down to last relay, and we really had a lot of girls step up. So it is pretty cool to end that way."
The No. 18 UT men's swimming and diving team, however, did not have the same result as the women as they fell to No. 2 Florida, 179-121.
Despite the outcome, Kredich was still proud of the men's team's effort.
"I thought our guys raced really tough," Kredich said. "I mean, Florida is truly one of the top three teams in the country, and they are one of three teams I would give a real shot at winning a national championship. Our guys did not give them anything.
"They were better, and they were deeper than we were today, but I am really proud of our men's team for the way that we competed. I feel like that sets us up very well for the SEC championships."
The swimming and diving teams start the SEC championships Feb. 18 in Athens, Ga.