BLACKSBURG, Virginia, January 12. THE Tennessee swimming and diving team split Saturday's dual meet on the road against Virginia Tech in both squads' first swimming competition since November.
The 10th-ranked Lady Vols finished first in 15 of 16 events en route to a 186-108 victory over the Hokies. Sophomore Tristan Slater picked up a pair of victories once again but 17th-ranked Virginia Tech won 10 events in the Vols' close 166.5-133.5 loss at Christiansburg Aquatic Center.
Junior Lindsay Gendron paced the Lady Vols by breaking the pool record in the 1000-yard freestyle and winning the 500 freestyle. She also had the fastest time in the 200 individual medley in exhibition.
“I felt like our women competed and executed really well,” Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich said. “It was a very consistent effort all the way through the team. They were very professional in their races. felt like we're making progress. Lindsay had another great day winning the 1000 and 500 freestyles.”
The Lady Vols improved to 6-0 in dual meets this season. The Vols dropped to 3-3.
With the championship season just a month away, Kredich said the men's team fell short of expectations Saturday. Despite a few bright spots, the squad needs to learn from the overall performance.
“For the men, it didn't feel like our team was focused on winning the meet, and we need to find out why that was because there's not a lot of time left,” Kredich said. “A few swimmers were consistent. Freshman Sean Lehane was consistent in his races, as he's been all year. Ed Walsh had a good performance in the 100 breaststroke. Another freshman, Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, has been battling injuries all year but won a good race in the 200 freestyle.”
Tennessee returns to action Jan. 26 with a dual meet at home against SEC foe Georgia. It will be the final combined men's and women's dual meet this season at Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
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