Vanderbilt Swimming Goes 2-1 While Hosting San Diego State, Campbell, UALR

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, October 11. Vanderbilt swimming hosted plenty of swimming on the first night of its season with San Diego State, Campbell and UALR all heading into Nashville.

Vanderbilt Press Release

Vanderbilt’s swimming team kicked off its first home meet of the season Friday afternoon at the Centennial Sportsplex. The `Dores finished 2-1, falling to San Diego State, 145-112. VU defeated Campbell, 207-54, and UALR, 213-45. Friday’s event was the home debut for nine Commodore student-athletes.

Vandy had an impressive day in the pool, coming in first place in five of 14 events. Senior Elly Faulkner led the `Dores, winning two of the five events she was entered.

“It was a good day,” said Vanderbilt head coach Jeremy Organ. “We’ve really been working hard in the pool the last few weeks and I think it showed. Tomorrow I’m looking forward to seeing how we handle back-to-back days. Hopefully everyone gets a good nights rest. It’s always a benefit to be able to go home and seep in your bed then come back and race hard.”

Kathryn Coughlin was the first Commodore of the day to earn first place, swimming with a time of 1:04.54 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Faulkner followed after winning the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:19.82. Carrie Bencic won the 500-yard freestyle event, swimming with a time of 5:02.20.

Vanderbilt continued its success placing first and second in the 200-yard IM with Faulkner taking first with a time of 2:06.60, and Kara Lucenti finishing second coming in at 2:07.38. After an early start disqualification in lane six by San Diego State, the Commodores won first and second place of the final event, 400 free relay, with a time of 3:31.56 and 3:36.31 respectively.

San Diego State Press Release

San Diego State won 10 of 14 swimming events as it recorded dual meet victories over Vanderbilt (145-112), Arkansas-Little Rock (190-60) and Campbell (184-73) Friday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn. The triple dual consisted of only the swim events with no diving being contested as the Aztec improve to 4-0 on the young season. With the three wins, SDSU is now 63-1 in its last 64 dual meets.

The Aztecs began the meet by capturing the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Anika Apostalon, Cecilia Zaccarelli, Loreen Whitfield and Whitney Weisz went 1:43.76 to capture top honors. SDSU also took second in the event with Chelsea Bailey, Laura Day, Summer Harrison and Taylor Johnson clocking a 1:44.14.

Apostalon, Natilee Ruiz and Frida Berggren also went on to collect a pair of individual wins in their respective events.

Apostalon won both the 100 backstroke (1:43.76) and 100 freestyle (50.00) while Ruiz was victorious in the 200 freestyle (1:50.98) and 200 backstroke (2:02.27). Berggren picked up wins in the 200 butterfly (2:03.67) and 200 individual medley (2:05.42) and also took fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:03.78).

Freshman Summer Harrison picked up her inaugural first-place finish as an Aztec with a win in the 100 butterfly. Her time of 55.61 goes into the SDSU record book as the seventh-fastest time in program history. In addition, teammate Loreen Whitfield’s second-place mark of 55.79 in the race is the ninth-fastest ever by an SDSU swimmer.

San Diego State’s other individual victories came in the 50 free where Bailey turned in a time of 23.54 and in the 1000 free with Dana Michaels winning in 10:20.77. Michaels also recorded a second-place finish in the 500 free with a mark of 5:03.33.

Campbell Press Release

Campbell placed seven individuals in top-five positions to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock 179-79 Friday at the Centennial Sportsplex. The Camels also fell to host Vanderbilt 207-54 and San Diego State 184-73.

SDSU, meanwhile, knocked off Vanderbilt 145-112 and UALR 190-60 to go 3-0 on the day. Vandy also topped UALR 213-45 in the Commmodores’ home opener.

The 1-2 day makes Campbell 1-3 in the early going.

Sarah Jabusch led off with a fourth place finish in the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:29.31.

Junior Lily Tang tallied two top-five finishes on the day, first taking third in the 100 backstroke with a 58.61, then fourth in the 200 back, recording a 2:05.77 mark. In the 200 fly, Michelle Case posted a time of 2:04.99, also taking fourth.

Tang, Caroline Clark and Jabusch went third, fourth and fifth in the 200 IM, with Tang’s 2:11.36 leading the way. Campbell closed out the meet with a third place finish in the 400 free relay, registering a 3:37.65.

Campbell will travel to Asheville, N.C. on Saturday, Oct. 11 for a dual meet with fellow CCSA member UNC Asheville at 10:00 a.m. CU returns home Oct. 18, hosting North Carolina A&T.

UALR Press Release

With the first day of competition in the books, UALR swimming fell to Vanderbilt 213-45, San Diego State 190-60, and Campbell 179-79.

UALR’s best finish of the day came in the 400 yard freestyle relay with junior Valeriya Teplova, sophomore Courtney Coe, and freshmen Emma Doll and Tori Fryar placing fourth with a time of 3:44.15.

In other events, Fryar managed to take the highest individual finishing position of any Trojan swimmer for the day by placing fifth in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.10. Fryar also placed sixth in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.50.

Sophomore Jinson Kang placed sixth in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:15.21.

In the 100 yard breaststroke, freshman Nuria Gallego Murcia’s time of 1:09.65 was good enough for seventh place. Murcia also placed seventh in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:29.97.

The Trojans go back to work against San Diego State and Vanderbilt starting at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 15).

Results: Vanderbilt vs. Campbell vs. San Diego State vs. UALR