Erika Brown Matches Anna Hopkin’s 21.19 in 50 Free at Tennessee; Kate Douglass Crushes 200 IM

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Erika Brown won the 50 free at the Tennessee Invitational. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Tennessee swimming started its home invitational in the fast lane as the Volunteers sprinted to victory in the 200-yard free relay on Thursday. Bailey Grinter, Erika Brown, Megan Sichterman and Stanzi Moseley won the event in 1:27.20, the top time in the NCAA this season just ahead of USC’s set at the Texas A&M Art Adamson Invitational on Thursday.

Erika Brown won the 50 free in 21.19 to match Anna Hopkin‘s time from the previous day at the Missouri invite as the top time in the NCAA this year. Virginia’s Morgan Hill was second in 21.82.

In the men’s 200 free relay, Indiana’s Gabriel Fantoni, Bruno Blasovic, Jack Franzman and Mohamed Samy clocked a 1:17.41, the fastest time in the NCAA as well. Samy lowered his top time in the NCAA in the 200 IM, winning in 1:44.00 ahead of Tennessee’s Matthew Garcia (1:44.71).

Virginia freshman Kate Douglass lowered her own top time in the NCAA in the 200 IM, winning in 1:52.84 to hold off Georgia’s Zoie Hartman (1:53.69) and Tennessee’s Meghan Small (1:54.49) in a strong race. Douglass’ time broke the ACC record in the event.

Douglass, swimming the butterfly leg, teamed with Caroline Gmelich, Alexis Wenger and Hill to win the 400 medley relay in the NCAA’s fastest time of the season. The men also had the top time in the NCAA as Joe Clark, Keefer Barnum, Cooper Wozencraft and Ryan Baker won in 3:06.69.

Virginia’s Paige Madden won the 500 free in 4:34.64 to finish ahead of Georgia’s Courtney Harnisch (4:37.16).

In the men’s 500, Virginia completed the sweep as Jack Walker won the event in 4:15.27 to hold off Indiana’s Mikey Calvillo (4:15.94).

Kyle DeCoursey won the 50 free in 19.34 ahead of Alec Connolly (19.47).

Tennessee’s Grace Cable won 1-meter diving with a score of 299.05 to finish head of Georgia’s McKensi Austin (296.05).

Georgia’s Zach Allen won 3-meter diving with 371.85 points.