KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, November 17. THE University of Louisville men's swimming team took an early lead at the Tennessee Invitational U of L tallied 241 points through six events.
The Vols posted 204.5 points through Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, placing them second of five teams and LSU is third with 158.5. Kentucky was fourth at 125.5 followed by Southern Illinois at 82 to round out the field. The meet has an interesting twist with long-course format in the morning and short course at night.
For the women, No. 10 Texas A&M leads after day one with a score of 301 points. Tennessee is in second with a score of 208 points, followed by No. 17 Louisville with 194. Arkansas is fourth (172), LSU is fifth (158.5), Kentucky is in sixth (99.5) and Southern Illinois rounds out the field in seventh (18).
"It was a great night with many highlights but none bigger than Riley Martin's 500-free swim tonight," said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero.
The Cardinals started strong with a win in the 200-free relay when Brendon Andrews, Caryle Blondell, Matt Schlytter and Samuel Hoekstra put together a 1:19.63, almost a full second ahead of the runnerup foursome from Tennessee.
Distance expert Riley Martin put up a monstrous 4:18.16, a full eight seconds ahead of Kentucky's Travis Green in the 500-free. Alex Burtch went 1:49.48 in the 200-IM for the win with Scott Gunter touching second in 1:49.60. Carlos Almeida was fourth in 1:49.84 in a hotly contested final.
In the 50-free, Cardinals Joao De Lucca (20.46) touched third and Samuel Hoekstra (20.54) was fourth along with Caryle Blondell (20.61) adding points with a sixth place finish.
The Cardinals took the 400-medley relay as well with Louisville's Brendon Andrews, Carlos Almeida, Tim Collins and Joao De Lucca posting a 3:14.94.
For the women, Tanja Killiainen was first in the 200-IM, with a time of 1:59.46. Aileen Cole was fourth in the 50-free with a time of 23.19 and diver Hannah Gadd was second in the 1-meter diving with a score of 305.50.
Competition continues tomorrow morning on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
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