The Tennessee men's and women's swimming and diving teams are currently in the midst of preparing for the SEC championships.
The teams will find their next opportunity to prepare this weekend in Knoxville at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center when they face No. 2 Florida on Saturday at 10 a.m.
For Tennessee swimmers Lindsay Gendron and Sam Rairden, the meet this weekend is not only a chance to better prepare for the SECs and NCAAs, but also represents their last home swim meet as college swimmers.
These two swimmers, according to head swim coach Matt Kredich, are two of greatest to go through the Tennessee swimming and diving program.
"They are two of the most accomplished swimmers that we ever had in either program, and that is saying a lot considering our history," Kredich said. "They both can do so many things and in a dual meet. We can put them in any number of places and expect them to compete for a win.
"In terms of their accomplishments, (they are) two of the best ever. They are also two of the best leaders we ever had, by example and words also. They each made a tremendous impact on the program."
Gendron has received 15 SEC medals in her career and won 2 NCAA championships last year in the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay, while Rairden has won nine SEC medals and was named an All-American last year.
With it being their final home meets, this weekend will undoubtedly be an emotional event for the two seniors.
"I am already pretty sad, but, I mean, it is really exciting," Gendron said. "And it is our last home meet, (so) hopefully the stands will be packed and with the people that I have gone through all these four years with. I am pretty excited, but it is sad at the same time almost being done."
Rairden added: "Every senior meet that I have been a part of coming through all my years has been great," Rairden said. "Everyone swam well; parents, the fans all come out and it is just a great time. I am really excited for it."
The two, however, are not letting their emotions get in the way with their preparation for Florida.
"We can only control what is in our power, so we are just going to go out there and try to improve off of what we did against Georgia," Rairden said. "The outcome of the meet really won't be determined for us by the score, it is more of what we get out of the process."
Gendron said she also believes that competing against a great Florida team will help UT prepare for the SEC Championships.
"It is really going to help a lot, Florida has a great team with great competitors, especially in events that I am swimming in," Gendron said. "So it really is going to be a great experience to race one of the best teams in the country. It is going to prepare us really well."