Meet of the Week: Arkansas, Vanderbilt at Tennessee

By Jason Marsteller

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, October 17. IN front a partisan crowd at the brand new Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee knocked off Arkansas 197-103, while also downing Vanderbilt, 248-48, in a Meet of the Week. The Lady Vols captured 11 titles, while Arkansas took home five titles.

Jenny Connolly and Katie Gehring led the way for the Lady Vols with three titles apiece. Connolly and Gehring started off the meet helping the 200 medley relay squad of Connolly, Jamie Saffer, Morgan Farrell and Gehring to a triumph in 1:43.99.

Connolly then won the 200 back in 2:03.51 and the 100 fly in 55.33. Gehring, meanwhile, led off the victorious 200 free relay of Gehring, Ashley Quinn, Carly Mathes and Brittany Nauta that touched first in 1:34.40. Her other crown came in the 50 free with a 23.60.

Katie Kastes was the team leader for Arkansas with a pair of triumphs in her ledger. She won the 200 free in 1:50.40 and the 200 fly in 2:00.81.

One of the strongest individual swims of the night came from Tennessee's Tricia Weaner as she just missed a B cut in the 100 back with a time of 55.18.

In diving, Arkansas' Madison Palmer earned a zone cut in on the one-meter with 272.48 points, while Tennessee's Jodie McGroarty (300.90) and Palmer (294.30) each cleared the zone standard in the three-meter.

Vanderbilt, still just a few years away from creating a completely new team, had all it could handle. While Arkansas and Tennessee were battling for the titles, Vandy was swimming its heart out trying to compete. Allison Voss was the most successful as she was the only Commodore to beat a swimmer from Arkansas or Tennessee to the wall. She finished eighth in the 100 breast with a 1:08.45.

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