KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, November 16. THE Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Volunteers are showing complete dominance at the Tennessee Invite, with victories in eight of the 10 swimming events on Thursday night.
Tennessee took both freestyle relays, with the women posting a 1:32.06 and the men winning with a 1:21.43. Duke and Kentucky placed second and third, respectively, in both events, with the Duke women posting a 1:33.32 and the men swimming a 1:22.20. Kentucky's teams posted times of 1:34.92 and 1:22.24.
Tennessee's Kelsey Floyd was part of Tennessee's winning free relay, and followed it up with a win in the 500 freestyle with a 4:48.26. Teammate Mary Griffith was well back for second with a 4:52.99, and Kentucky's Julia Gerotto took third with a 4:57.12.
The Tennessee men put six swimmers in the final of the men's 500 free. Freshman Sean Lehane took the win with a 4:31.92, while Kentucky's Matt Roman snatched second with a 4:33.09. Tennessee's Ben Miller took third with a 4:35.31.
Duke got into the win column with victories in both individual medleys. Christine Wixted won the women's race with a 1:59.55 over Floyd's 2:03.73. Anna DeMonte of Tennessee placed third with a 2:05.85. On the men's side, Duke's Hunter Knight took the win with a 1:51.24 over Tennessee's Tristan Slater's 1:51.47. Roman took third in an impressive double, swimming a 1:52.90.
Floyd returned for a third individual event, and fourth of the finals session, placing third in the 50 free with a 23.30 in a close race. Teammate Faith Johnson took the win with a 23.17, while Duke's Lauren Weaver split up the pair with a second-place 23.24.
In the men's 50 free, Troy Tillman of Tennessee won with a 20.68, while teammates Ed Walsh and Chris Sadsad tied for second with a time of 20.70.
Floyd stepped up for one more race on Thursday, swimming butterfly on Tennessee's winning 400 medley relay with a cumulative time of 3:42.47. Floyd teamed with Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis and Johnson. Duke was second with a 3:44.89 and Kentucky placed third with a 3:48.43.
Tennessee wrapped up the session with a win in the men's 400 medley relay with a time of 3:19.46 from the “B” team of Lehane, Slater, Jacob Thulin and Tillman. Duke was second in 3:21.57, and Tennessee's “A” team was third with a 3:22.13.