Erika Brown Drops 46.15 100 Free at Tennessee Invitational Final Night

Erika Brown won the 100 free at the Tennessee Invitational. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Erika Brown swam another NCAA leading time to lead the Tennessee women to a first-place finish at the Tennessee Invitational on Saturday in Knoxville.

Brown won the 100-yard free in 46.15, the top time in the NCAA this season. Virginia’s Morgan Hill was second in 47.74, followed by Georgia’s Veronica Burchill (47.75).

The Volunteers won with 1,068.5 points, finishing ahead of Georgia (984.5), Virginia (778), Indiana (656), Carson-Newman (138) and UNC-Asheville (11).

Georgia won the men’s meet with 961, followed by Indiana (942), Tennessee (839.5), Virginia (524.5), and Carson-Newman (180).

Brown put together a stellar 100 fly and 50 free earlier in the meet.

Brown wasn’t the only Volunteer to win on the meet’s final night.

Tennessee’s Meghan Small used a quick start and a strong final 25 in the 200 backstroke to win in 1:52.20, holding off Virginia’s Emma Seiberlich 91:52.81).

Bailey Grinter, Stanzi Mosely, Tjasa Pintar and Brown won the 400 free relay in 3:11.27, an NCAA automatic cut, holding off Virginia’s Kate Douglass, Paige Madden, Lexi Cuomo and Hill (3:12.30).

Douglass continued her strong meet, winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.40, an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Georgia’s Zoie Hartman (2:07.43) was second with a provisional cut. Madden won the 1650 free in 15:58.25 to hold off Georgia’s Olivia Anderson (16:00.84).

Georgia’s Dakota Luther crushed the field in the 200 butterfly, winning by nearly a second in 1:53.2, an NCAA “A” cut. Teammate Courtney Harnish was second in 1:54.39.

In the men’s meet, Indiana’s Bruno Blasovic won the 100 free in 42.44 ahead of Tennessee’s Alec Connolly (43.28) in the top time in the NCAA this season.

Indiana’s Mikey Calvillo won the 1650 free in 14:46.25, going 1-2 with teammate Will Gallant (14:49.00). Mohamed Samy won the 200 backstroke in 1:41.03 ahead of Tennessee’s Matthew Garcia (1:41.42). Brendan Burns won the 200 butterfly in 1:41.45 to hold off Georgia’s Camden Murphy (1:42.49).

Samy, Blasovic, Burns and Jack Franzman won the 400 free relay in 2:50.11, an NCAA “A” cut. Virginia’s Ryan Baker, Joe Clark, Cooper Wozencraft and Sam Schilling took second in in 2:50.83, another “A” cut.

Matthew Dunphy won the 200 breaststroke in 1:55.60 ahead of Michael Houlie (1:55.95).

The meet closed with several fast swims, but Erika Brown concluded the meet with more domination.