Tennessee Opens Season With Dominant Wins at UNC-Wilmington

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Final season, the Tennessee ladies’s swim and dive group earned a slim top-10 end on the NCAA championships, edging out Kentucky by one level for the tenth spot, whereas the Volunteer males positioned twentieth. This yr, head coach Matt Kredich’s group opened its lengthy march to the nationwide championships by making the seven-hour drive east on I-40 to tackle UNC-Wilmington, whose second-year head coach is former NC State assistant Bobby Guntoro.

On this twin meet, Tennessee’s males swept each occasion and received 214-81, and the ladies got here out on high by a rating of 196-96. The highest performers included Harrison Lierz, who received the 100 again (49.80) and 200 again (1:49.82), and Gus Rothrock, who received the 200 IM (1:51.82) and 200 fly (1:50.82). For the ladies, freshman Summer season Smith swam her first meet with Tennessee and earned wins within the 500 free (4:52.73) and 1000 free (9:59.20).

Tennessee swimming and diving started the 2021-22 season with wins towards UNC Wilmington on Friday afternoon at Seahawk Natatorium. The Vols completed first in each occasion en path to a 214-81 victory, whereas the Woman Vols cruised to a 196-96 win.

“This was a good way to start out off our twin meet season,” mentioned affiliate head coach Ashley Jahn. “I assumed our group was very aggressive. It was nice to be again in Wilmington. UNCW did an exceptional job, and I assumed the competitors throughout was actually good. Watching the boys’s relay on the finish, I beloved the sounds. I had the thought whereas watching that race, listening to the surroundings get louder and louder, and each groups bringing quite a lot of vitality, I assumed that we actually missed that final yr. It was wonderful. I really feel blessed that we’re in a position to be wholesome and again on this surroundings once more.”

Sophomore Harrison Lierz received three occasions on the day and completed second in his fourth occasion (200 IM). He swam leadoff within the 200 medley relay that touched the wall in 1:29.18 and notched the highest instances within the 100 again (49.80) and 200 again (1:49.82). Michael HoulieKayky Mota and Micah Chambers made up the remainder of the medley relay group. Mota additionally positioned first within the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.61.

Freshman Gus Rothrock had a robust exhibiting in his collegiate debut, touching the wall first within the 200 IM (1:51.82) and 200 butterfly (1:50.25) and inserting second within the 200 again (1:50.51). Senior Lyubomir Epitropov posted the quickest instances within the breaststrokes, touching the wall in 54.96 within the 100 breast and in 1:59.92 within the 200 breast.

“We confirmed quite a lot of aggressive resilience at the moment, coming off a few days of heavy coaching and strenuous journey,” mentioned affiliate head coach Wealthy Murphy. “Nice aggressive spirit and nice group vitality. We wish to win the pool deck in these meets, and we noticed the sort of vitality from the group that can encourage races and produce out the very best in every individual as they swim for one thing greater than themselves. We did a extremely good job throughout the board. It’s an actual testomony to your effort anytime you may come out and get your hand on the wall first in each occasion like the boys did. This was a very good matchup for us early within the season, permitting our newcomers to shine and our older swimmers to guide.”

Within the distance freestyle occasions, each sophomore Rafael Ponce de Leon Castilla and freshman Summer season Smith swept their respective races. Ponce de Leon touched the wall in 4:32.39 within the 500 free and 9:19.59 within the 1000 free. Making her collegiate debut, Smith received each of her races on the day, taking first within the 500 free (4:52.73) and 1000 free (9:59.20).

Ponce de Leon teamed up with Seth BaileyJordan Crooks and Scott Scanlon to make up the quickest 400 freestyle relay squad, touching the wall in 3:02.86. In his freshman debut, Crooks completed first within the 50 and 100 freestyles, with instances of 20.92 and 45.66, respectively. Sophomore Will Jackson positioned first within the 200 free (1:39.72).

Through the diving parts of the meet, senior Grace Cable and sophomore Bryden Hattie swept each the 1-meter and the 3-meter springboards. Cable notched scores of 267.38 on the 1-meter and 303.38 on the 3-meter. Junior Elle Renner positioned second on the 3-meter, posting a mark of 281.33.

Hattie recorded a pair of stable scores to start out his season, with a 326.78 on the 1-meter and 369.38 on the 3-meter. The Vols completed 1, 2, 3 in each occasions, as sophomores Dillon Richardson and Jacob Reasor cut up second and third within the occasions. Richardson was second on the 1-meter (311.40), whereas Reasor took second on the 3-meter (309.45).

“It was a extremely good begin to the season from the diving aspect of issues,” mentioned diving coach Dave Parrington. “It was sort of an antagonistic surroundings. No disrespect to Wilmington, however the pool is quite a bit smaller than what we’re accustomed to. It was extraordinarily loud. Whenever you take all the things under consideration, I used to be actually proud of the divers’ efficiency. We had very constructive attitudes and got here out of the meet with 4 zone scorers. That was an actual constructive popping out of this meet. Nice job by Grace and Bryden for stepping up and profitable two occasions every.”

The Woman Vols’ signing class confirmed out throughout its first meet, as eight particular person occasions have been received by a freshman or switch.

Within the ladies’s freestyles, sophomore Jasmine Rumley posted the highest time within the 50 (23.15), whereas freshman Julia Mrozinski took first within the 100 (51.45) and freshman Brooklyn Douthwright received the 200 (1:50.34). Mrozinski was additionally a part of the quickest relay groups for the 200 medley (1:43.77) and the 400 freestyle (3:23.99). Fellow freshmen Sara Stotler and Josephine Fuller have been a part of the medley relay, whereas Stotler was additionally on the freestyle relay. Sophomore Jordan Aurnou-Rhees rounded out the medley relay lineup.

Freshman Amber Myers notched the quickest time within the 100 again (55.87), whereas graduate switch Bayley Stewart received the 200 again (1:59.50). Freshman Ellen Walshe completed first within the 200 breast with a time of two:16.47, and freshman Kate McCarville had the very best time within the 200 IM at 2:03.87.

Sophomore Mona McSharry and graduate Tjasa Pintar have been additionally members of the 400 freestyle relay. Pintar additionally took first within the 100 breast with a mark of 1:04.55. Senior Trude Rothrock received the 200 fly, touching the wall in 2:01.32.

Up subsequent, Tennessee will tackle a pair of powerful opponents from the ACC in NC State (Oct. 15-16) and Louisville (Oct. 21). The meet towards Louisville can be UT’s residence opener for the season.

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