Swimming plays host to Kansas

Jan. 6, 2011

The Vanderbilt women’s swim team will open the spring season by facing off against the University of Kansas on Saturday, January 8.  The dual meet will be held at 1 p.m. CT at the Centennial Sportsplex.

“Kansas is a really strong team that is very well coached,” head coach Jeremy Organ said.  “We do not know what to expect from the swimmers this week but we’ve been training hard.  Erika Deardorf has looked great in the water lately so look to her to post some good times this weekend.”

Vanderbilt is competing for the first time since falling to the University of Miami 180-82 on December 4, 2010.  Junior Laura Dillon took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke and second place in the 200-yard butterfly while Erika Deardorf earned second-place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle to help close out the meet. 

The ‘Dores have already hosted two meets this year, dropping to Arkansas 194-43 on October 15 before falling to South Carolina and Western Kentucky in a double-dual meet the following day.  This marks the first time the program has hosted more than two meets since the program restarted in 2006.  During the 2008-09 season Vanderbilt played host to Center and Rhodes for a double dual and Marshall for a dual meet

The Commodores will compete against the Jayhawks for the first time since the program resurrected five years ago.  Kansas opened the New Year with a first-place finish at the Orange Bowl Classic in Key Largo, Fla., and will take on Florida International and American University on Thursday night before traveling to Nashville.   

“We have had two great weeks of training,” said Organ.  “I think everyone is ready to get back to racing competitively.”

The Vanderbilt women’s swim team will return to the pool on January 29 to compete against Marshall in Huntington, W.Va., before hosting Tulane for the final meet of the year on February 5. 

A full recap and results will be posted on vucommodores.com after the meet concludes.

Make sure to get an inside look into the swimming program by checking out Swimmers’ Stories, the blog written by members of the swim team.



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