Tennessee’s NCAA 200 Freestyle Relay Win Marks First Event Title for Program

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 21. TENNESSEE charted a gigantic moment in its program's history, scoring its first NCAA relay title ever in the 200 freestyle relay. While several swimmers from other squads put up scary-fast splits, no one else had the consistency the Matt Kredich's squad was able to pull off.

Kelsey Floyd clocked a blistering anchor split of 21.48, while Carolina Simmons (22.11), Faith Johnson (21.73), and Lindsay Gendron (21.82) help up their ends of the relay for the event win with a sterling 1:27.14.

The win didn't come easy, as the Lady Volunteers had some work to do holding off the Georgia Bulldogs. Maddie Locus (22.70), Chantal Van Landeghem (21.67) and Jessica Graber (21.93) started off UGA's effort, before superstar anchor Megan Romano dropped a stunning 21.08. The split was not enough to catch up to Tennessee, and Georgia wound up second at a 1:27.38.

Arizona's Margo Geer jumped out to a strong leadoff with a 21.71, which Kaitlyn Flederback (21.79), Megan Lafferty (21.51) and Alana Pazeviz (22.48) closed out a third-place performance of 1:27.51. Defending champion Stanford put together a solid squad consisting of Maddy Schaefer (22.01), Andrea Murez (21.66), Alex Whitford (22.48) and Felicia Lee (21.75) that came in fourth at a 1:27.90.

California (1:28.31), USC (1:28.63), Texas (1:28.87) and Florida (1:28.93) rounded out the championship heat, while Texas A&M swam a bit angry after a tough morning with a B final win in 1:28.89, finished by a whopping 21.96 anchor from Breeja Larson.

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