'Dores knock off Tulane for first win
Nov. 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Vanderbilt swim team picked up 11 first-place finishes en route to its first win of the season, 166-122, over Tulane. For the 'Dores it was their first win over the Green Wave since the two teams started competing against one another five years ago.
"This was a great team win for us," said Vandy head coach Jeremy Organ. "We needed everyone to do well today and place in order to pick up the win. Carrie did a great job of setting the tone for us with her win in the 1000. We followed that up by taking the top three spots in the 200 free and that carried us for the rest of the meet. I'm really proud of the way we swam out there today."
Carrie Bencic picked up the first individual win of the day for the Commodores, finishing the 1000 free with a time of 10:21.01. The freshman also picked up a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:05.01).
The 'Dores followed that up taking the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle. Hanna Martin took the top spot with a time of 1:55.35. She was followed by Lauren Torres (1:56.81) and Lauren Egan (1:56.81).
The freshman Egan also picked up a third place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:23.75. Elly Faulkner won the event with a time of 2:19.12. Egan's swims Saturday caught the attention of Organ.
"I'm proud of the way Lauren raced today," said Organ. "She's been doing well in practice and it showed today. She put up great times, she's been doing really well."
Despite scoring 26 points in both the one- and three-meter diving events the 'Dores were able to beat the Green Wave by 44 points, after getting as close as nine points in their last four match ups.
"This is a good step for our program," Organ said. "We needed this win, and today I think we showed the depth that we've been working to build. We keep getting deeper in each event and I'm proud of the way we compete and practice."
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