WILMINGTON, North Carolina, September 27. A day after some team-building exercises in North Carolina, the Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Volunteers stormed to a pair of victories against UNC Wilmington in what proved to be a celebratory loss for the Seahawks considering the program was nearly cut during the offseason.
The UT women cruised to a 178-116 triumph after placing third at NCAAs last year. The men, who are in a bit of a rebuilding mode but managed to have a monster recruiting class, topped UNCW 167-133.
The women took down a pair of facility standards at the Seahawk Natatorium. The women’s 200-yard medley relay of Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Harper Bruens and Faith Johnson turned in a 1:43.42. That broke UNCW’s record of 1:44.06 set back in 2010.
Lindsay Gendron then captured her second pool record by blasting the 200-yard freestyle finale. She threw down a 1:50.78, crushing the previous mark of 1:52.12 held by UNCW’s Libby Mayock since 2011. Gendron also owns the 100-yard free mark with a 50.88 from 2012.
For the men, redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles turned in a tally of 387.37 points in the men’s three-meter springboard competition to down a pool record. The 2012 Southeastern Conference platform champion, who also won the one-meter today, is returning from injury this year.
UNCW’s men took advantage of UT not having its sprint studs at the meet as Drew Gaertner (22.00) and Gabe Thran (22.06) went 1-2 in the 50-yard freestyle. UNCW also went 1-2 in the women’s 100 breast with Christine Souther (1:06.22) and Kathryn Ostrom (1:08.28) sweeping the top two spots.