Feb. 14, 2011
The Vanderbilt women’s swim team will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to compete at the 2011 SEC Swimming Championships from February 16-19. The University of Florida will host the four-day event at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
“Everyone is getting really excited for the meet,” fifth-year head coach Jeremy Organ said. “To prepare for this meet we had a reduction in training volumes and everyone’s energy levels are through the roof.”
The Commodores will be competing in the SEC Championships for the fifth time since the program was reborn in 2006 and the team has seen improvement each season. Last year in Athens, Ga., the team posted 92% season-best times while 50% were personal lifetime bests. Three school records were broken with two of them being in individual competitions while one was a relay.
Laura Dillon took 14th place in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:18.16 on her way to the record books. Erika Deardorf captured the schools best time in the 1650-yard freestyle in a time of 16:59.60. The 400-yard medley relay team of Rose Cornelson, Allie Voss, Jess Eccher and Jennifer Molchan set the school record with a time of 3:52.71.
Fans can follow the Commodores by checking out the new Vandy 2011 SEC Blog. There will be live updates throughout the event starting with the preliminaries in the mornings and will continue running all the way through the finals. Look for pictures, quotes and scoring updates from your favorite Commodore swimmers.
Preliminary competition will begin at 9 a.m. CT while the finals will take place at 5 p.m. CT.
Wednesday, Feb. 16
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Thursday, Feb. 17
200 Freestyle Relay
Friday, Feb. 18
400 Medley Relay
Saturday, Feb. 19
400 Freestyle Relay
“This is arguably the number one swimming conference in the country,” Organ said. “The meet is extremely exciting and we have to be ready for it.”
Live streaming of the event can be found at gatorzone.com and a full recap and results of the day’s events can be found at vucommodores.com.