Vanderbilt closes out season at SEC Championships
Feb. 17, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The Vanderbilt women's swim team closes out its 2013-14 season this week at the SEC Championships in Athens, Ga. The five day meet is set to begin February 18 at the University of Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium. Preliminary swims will be held at 10 a.m. (ET), with the finals sessions starting at 6 p.m. (ET). each day.
Vanderbilt is coming off its best SEC Championship performance since the program was resurrected in 2007. Last season the Commodores set 14 school records and finished with 183 points. This year Vandy head coach Jeremy Organ is hoping for much of the same.
"I think we have the talent and ability to do a lot of things," Organ said. "Everybody is working really hard right now. We just need some things to fall into place and then I think we can put together some special swims this week."
"Our goal is to get as many people in the evening swim as possible," he continued. "We started the week off well last year, so we're hoping to do that again tomorrow night and carry it over to the Wednesday morning prelims."
The Commodores have already gotten in a few swims at the Gabrielsen Natatorium this week, and were able to test out their new suits in the water in their evening swim Monday.
"I just wanted the girls to be comfortable in the new suits," Organ explained. "Nike came through and got us the new suits and the girls really love them. They feel good and feel fast, and having that mental confidence is really important especially on that first day."
Vanderbilt is hoping to continue the success it has already seen this year. In their lone championship style meet of the year numerous records and personal bests were set.
Junior Elly Faulkner set three school records at the Georgia Tech Invitational in late November. The Louisville, Ky. native set records in the 100-yard breaststroke along with both the 200- and 400-yard IM. Freshmen Kayla Moran, Carrie Bencic and Alexandra Blankenburg all set class records in their respective events.
The 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships feature some of the top teams and athletes from around the country.
Defending SEC and national champion Georgia, comes in as the highest ranked team in the CSCAA poll. The Bulldogs come into SEC's ranked third, however, they are followed closely by Texas A&M (No. 4), Tennessee (No. 8) and Florida (No. 9). Auburn (No. 18), Arkansas (No. 24) and LSU (No. 25) round out the SEC teams in the top 25. Alabama sits just outside the group as one of five schools receiving votes.
GeorgiaDogs.com will provide full converge of the 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, including live stats, photo galleries, results and quotes.
Video streaming of Friday's and Saturday's finals will be available on ESPN3, with streaming of finals Tuesday through Thursday available on GeorgiaDogs.com.
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