Olympic duo showcase strong performances on invitation day two
The best performances of the evening came from the 2020 Olympians Mona McSharry and Ellen walshe, as the Irish duo recorded some of the best performances in Tennessee history at multiple events.
McSharry improved his school record in the 100 breaststroke, hitting the wall in 57.46 to win the event. The Dublin, Ireland native’s mark was for a time NCAA A Cut, qualifying her for this year’s championship event.
Walshe continued his impressive weekend on Friday, registering three top 10 individual performances in school history. The Dublin, Ireland native recorded the second-fastest time in program history in the 100 butterfly, hitting the wall in 50.24 to win the event. The mark, which would be the best time in the country at the start of the day, made Walshe the second-fastest freshman in history, according to SwimSwam.
In the final event of the evening, Walshe swam the starting stage of Team B of the Tennessee 800 freestyle, recording a lead of 1: 44.63, which was tied for sixth all-time in the 200 free for Lady Vols.
After Walshe clocked the fifth fastest time in program history in the 400 IM in the morning, Alexis yager set a personal best 4: 05.50 in the final. This rating ranked third in the history of the program. During the preliminaries, she improved her time in the 100 breaststroke to 59.84, which placed seventh in UT history.
Smith clocked the 10th fastest time on Lady Vol’s record books in the 400 IM, hitting the wall in 4: 12.18.
In the 100 back, first year Josephine Fuller rose to sixth in Tennessee’s record books after posting a time of 52.15, which would have qualified for last year’s NCAA Championships. She finished third in the event.
First-year student Julia mrozinski dominated the 200 freestyle, winning by more than a second with a time of 1: 44.83, which placed eighth in Lady Vol history. First-year student Brooklyn doughwright finished fourth in that event with a score of 1: 46.54.
Tennessee opened the night with the 200 QN relay. The Lady Vols earned their third NCAA qualifying times in the weekend relays, as the roster of Fuller, McSharry, Walshe and Anna-Julia Kutsch tossed a mark of 1: 35.89. This time, ranked 10th in the history of the program.
In the 800 free relay, the Lady Vols finished second and third in the event. The formation of Mrozinski, Douthwright, Stotler and Rothrock recorded a time of 7: 07.02, while the team of Walshe, Summer blacksmith, McCarville and Yager hit the wall in 7: 09.31.
“It was a very good day for us at all levels”, associate head coach Ashley Jahn noted. “The second day of a multi-day competition always brings its challenges. We had some incredible performances this morning and tonight. Someone I found impressive today was Alexis, who is one of our fifth year athlete She swam in the 400 IM this morning, I swam even faster tonight and also swam a better time in the 100 yard breaststroke this morning and competed in the 800 freestyle relay this evening. Kate mccarville and Summer blacksmith the two competed a lot today. Kate had a tough morning with the 100 butterfly, 400 IM and 200 freestyle. She’s done them all tonight except for the 100 flies, but she keeps getting better every time she hits the water. All in all, these are just a few snapshots of a lot of great things that have happened today. “
On the men’s side, graduate Kayky mota won the 100 butterfly for Tennessee, hitting the wall in 46.19. The Vols finished second, third and fourth in the 100m breaststroke later in the evening. Senior Jarel Dillard set a personal best 51.68 for third place in UT history. Michel houli (52.34) and Lyubomir Epitropov (52.64) both ended up with NCAA B Cut marks. During the preliminaries, Eptiropov recorded the sixth fastest time in the program’s record books at 52.63.
After securing the 6th time in UT history at the 400 IM earlier today, Gus Rothrock improved her time in that event in the final, posting an NCAA B Cut time of 3: 48.33 to stay sixth. He finished third in the general classification of the event at the time of the invitation.
The men’s 200 medley relay team Jordan crooks, Houlie, Mota and Scott Scanlon was second with an NCAA B cup time of 1: 24.69. The Vols ended the evening with a second place in the 800 free relay, as the roster of Seth Thompson Bailey, Will jackson, crooks and Micah Rooms posted a time of 6: 26.25.
“We had some real highlights with Jarel moving up to third all-time in the 100 breaststroke,” said the associate head coach. Rich Murphy noted. “He’s a state guy. We’re in awe of his tools and how he meets internal standards within our program and how he pursues his skills. He invests in his process and has become a student. sport. It’s fun to watch him compete and run. He did an amazing job, and he’s been as invested as any other guy in our program for a long time. He’s getting the rewards that come with it. this commitment.
“Gus Rothrock has done a fantastic job throughout the season and again tonight. He is now No. 6 all-time in the 400 IM. His versatility and the competitive fire he brings to every race is infectious, and it’s something I always look forward to watching when he competes. It’s always good to see Kayky put himself in a position to win, and he did it again tonight. We expect other performances from this last stint. This is an area of opportunity for us as we move forward. “
In diving, senior Grace Cable finished second in 3 meters with a score of 323.25, while the first Madison Reese recorded a personal best score of 290.95. On the men’s side, second year students Dillon richardson (342.65) and Jacob Réasor (321.50) had the best personal scores in the 1-meter final to finish third and fifth respectively. Senior Matthew Wade made his debut in the season, placing fourth in the 1-meter with a score of 336.50.
“It was great to find Matthew again, even though he made a limited roster with lower levels of difficulty just to get him back into the competitive swing,” said the diving coach. Dave parrington noted. “I was really excited for that. As for the other guys, Dillon had a really good day. He was third in a very competitive event with some really good dives. Jake narrowly missed the qualifying score of zone during the preliminaries but came back in the final after making a mental adjustment and it paid dividends. We have two zone scores for him on the sidelines.
“On the women’s side, I was happy with Grace’s performance in the prelims. She was a bit more precise in the prelims and was actually quite strong in the final, barring a dive that cost her to be. in the mix for the win. I’m really excited with where she is. She’s back in the main after not diving yesterday due to a tough academic week. She did some really good things. Maddie got it right. a personal best in the final. Overall it was a good, strong day. We’re doing things we’ve been working on, and it’s starting to show in this environment. “
The second day of the invitation featured 46 new broken personal bests, bringing the two-day total to 78 for the weekend. Tennessee also recorded 22 top 10 performances in program history, excluding Fuller’s 100 backstroke of the 400 QN relay on Thursday night which was then scrapped on Friday.
The preliminaries for the third day will begin at 10 a.m. with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 fly events followed by the 1650 freestyle finals at 12 p.m. The men’s and women’s dives will compete in the platform finals at 1:30 pm. The swim finals will begin at 4:30 pm with the 400 freestyle relay concluding the invitation.
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