KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The 10th-ranked Tennessee women’s swimming and diving team welcomes No. 1 Georgia to the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center for the final regular season home meet of the season at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
UT will be honoring its seven seniors, Katie Gehring, Maria Jugan, Carly Mathes, Sarah McCall, Brittany Nauta, Ashley Quinn and Staley McCartney, with a short ceremony right before the meet begins.
Mathes, from Kettering, Ohio, has the team’s best performance in the 200y free (1:49.47) this season. She is a 10-time All-American and is part of four school-record relays. She and Nauta were both on the SEC Champion 200y free relay (1:29.07) last season.
Nauta, of Tampa, Fla., is a four-time All-America and ranks, along with Gehring and Mathes, as one of the Lady Vols’ top freestylers this season.
Gehring is one of UT’s top freestyle sprinters. The Punta Gora, Fla., native swam a career-best while winning the 50y free (23.33) against Kentucky in November.
Jugan is one of the team’s top backstrokers, while Quinn excels in the freestyle and McCall swims a variety of events. All three are from Knoxville.
The Lady Vols improved to 8-0 on the season after defeating No. 13 Indiana, No. 22 Michigan and Illinois in Bloomington, Ind. on Jan. 9-10.
UT swept all five relays, while junior Michelle King and sophomore Aleksa Akerfelds each won two individual events in the quad-meet with the Big Ten opponents. Freshman Jennifer Connolly, junior Jamie Saffer and Mathes also scored individual event victories.
The Bulldogs (6-0), ranked as the top team in the land by the College Swim Coaches Association of America, will probably provide a much stiffer test for the Lady Vols than the Hoosiers, Wolverines and Illini did.
Georgia owns one of the top two times in the Southeastern Conference in every individual swimming event, and has the conference’s top mark in all five relays. UT hasn’t defeated UGA since 1989.
The Bulldogs defeated No. 3 Texas 159-141 in their last meet on Jan. 10. One of Georgia’s top swimmers is sophomore Chelsea Nauta, a returning All-American and the younger sister of UT’s Brittany Nauta.
UGA freshman Wendy Trott has the SEC’s top time in the 500y, 1000y and 1,650y free style events, while senior Mhyria Miller leads the conference in the 100y and 200y breast.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.