Tennessee Swimming & Diving: 2022 SEC Championships Daily Updates

The 2022 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships are February 15-19 at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. Each day, this page will be updated with Tennessee Swimming & Diving’s results.

Tuesday, February 15

Tennessee swimming & diving brought home four medals and posted five top-10 times in program history during a strong start on the first day of the 2022 SEC Championships at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

In the final event of the night for the women, Tennessee threw down the fastest time in the nation this season to win the 800 freestyle relay at 6:56.81. The performance by the lineup of Julia MrozinskicEllen WalsheTrude Rothrock and Tjasa Pintar marked the third best time in program history. Mrozinski’s leadoff split of 1:43.21 was a new personal best and moved her into a tie for fourth in the Lady Full record books.

The Lady Vols kicked off the 200 medley relay by bringing home the silver medal with a time of 1:34.63. That mark, which was posted by the lineup of Josephine FullerMona McSharryWalshe and Anna-Julia Kutschranked second in program history.

On the men’s side of the 200 medley relay, the lineup of Bjorn KammannMichael HoulieKayky Mota and Jordan Crooks threw down a mark of 1:23.35 to finish third. The time was the third-fastest in the Volunteer record books.

Sophomore Bryden Hattie won the second medal of his collegiate career, earning the bronze on the 3-meter springboard with a score of 414.00. Senior Matthew Wade finished fifth overall with a 380.30 mark.

After earning a spot in the women’s 1-meter diving finals, senior Grace Cable finished fifth overall with a score of 290.65, which was a 20-point improvement from her prelim score.

The men’s 800 free relay placed eighth with a 6:21.01 time, which was more than five seconds faster than its seed time. Made up by Seth Thompson-BaileyJoaquin VargasWill Jackson and Aleksey Tarasenkothe lineup’s mark ranked 10th in UT history.

Associate Head Coach Ashley Jahn‘s thoughts on the performances…
“We had two really great relays tonight. I’m really proud of that 200 medley relay for getting us started off in the swimming event. To have the young people that we had on that relay, we had freshman leading off. Josephine did a great job just with her composure and preparation. She did really well, I’m proud of her. Then Mona had a great 50 breaststroke split. Another freshman in Ellen, swimming that fly leg. Having AJ (Kutsch) in her first year as Alabama put up a great fight, that’s a phenomenal relay, and I really look forward to contesting that again. at NCAAs.”

On the freshmen starting and the seniors finishing the 800 free relay…
“Julia was really excited about the order of the relay. She was excited to lead off, which I love. Leading off is a great position, and that position can feel like it brings some weight because you’re getting the rest of the relay started, and Julia was excited about it. lot of professionalism. Most people watching wouldn’t have known that she hasn’t swam that race a lot. Trude, who has a lot of experience with 200 freestyles and the 800 free relay, threw down a veteran performance. Then Tjasa loves the anchor position. It’s Tjasa’s birthday today and what better way to celebrate your birthday than winning an SEC title, breaking a 10-year-old pool record and swimming the fastest time in the country this season.”

Associate Head Coach Rich Murphy‘s thoughts of the day…
“I’m really thrilled with our young guys tonight. Bryden Hattie is one of our leaders, and he and Matthew Wade did a really nice job getting the energy going with the diving. I think that helped us start the afternoon with a lot of confidence. I really want to give a lot of kudos to our newcomers; they were outstanding today. Our freshmen and mid-year guys really led in a lot of ways today. Bjorn was awesome leading off the relay. With Jordan, that was one of our fastest splits in program history at the end. I was really pleased with the composure and professionalism we saw in the racing from Joaquin Vargas and Aleksey Tarasenko in the 800 freestyle relay. Scoring all four divers was very significant and gave us a nice boost as I mentioned to start the day. It was great to see our newest Vols really contribute at their first SEC Championships. All in all, it was a good start and looking forward to having a great morning tomorrow.”

on Jordan Crooks’ anchor leg of the 200 medley relay…
“I think it is really a reflection of what we have seen in practice and throughout the year. It is another step in his progression. We are just thrilled with how we soaks up and sponges up the opportunities to learn and watch video to get better . He is really a student of his swimming and is curious about how to get better. We are trying to support that with the best of our ability and continue to challenge him to think big and continue to take the next step.”

Tjasa Pintar’s thoughts on being part of the top 800 free relay and having the top time in the nation…
“It was really great, we had really good team energy from the beginning. It is awesome to have SECs at home. We have a good team, and we are really deep, so just really excited. We knew we could do really well, and we just stayed together, we competed, and it was definitely a team effort. I am glad for all of us. I had no idea. It’s definitely great going into NCAAs. I know we can do even better in NCAAs. It is all just really exciting.”

Day 1 Standings
1. – Texas A&M – 155
2. – LSU – 150
3. – Kentucky – 148
4. – Tennessee – 145
T5. – South Carolina – 139
T5. – Georgia – 139
7. – Florida – 130
8. – Alabama – 114
9. – Auburn – 107
10. – Missouri – 97
11. – Arkansas – 78
12. – Vanderbilt – 60

1. – Texas A&M – 156
2. – Tennessee – 155
3. – Kentucky – 153
4. – LSU – 139
5. – Alabama – 137
6. – Florida – 133
7. – Missouri – 122
8. – Georgia – 114
9. – South Carolina – 105
10. – Auburn – 90

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