'Dores dive back in for day three of SECs

Feb. 16, 2017

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt swim team was back in the pool Thursday morning for day three of the 2017 SEC Championships. The ‘Dores had 13 swimmers compete in the 400 IM, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle prelims.

The 400 IM was the first event of the morning prelims. Alexandra Blankenburg was the lone Commodore competing. She swam in heat two and finished with a time of 4:28.72.

The next event was the 100 butterfly and the ‘Dores had a pair of swimmers in heat one and two and then one swimmer in heat seven. Paige Hamilton and Erin Primdahl raced in heat one for the Commodores. Hamilton finished with a time of 56.35 while Primdahl finished with a season-best time of 57.70.

Seniors Rachel Koch and Kayla Moran were the pair swimming in the second heat of the 100 fly. Moran edged out Koch with a time of 54.81 while Koch finished with a season-best time of 55.33.

Breanna Sapienza rounded out the Commodores swimming in the 100 fly. She swam in the seventh and final heat of the event and finished with a time of 54.93.

The final event from the morning prelims was the 200 freestyle and the Commodores had seven swimmers in the first three heats. Amanda Chabbott and Kathryn Babbin swam in heat one and finished with season-best times of 1:53.86 and 1:58.98, respectively.

Selah Peacock and Madison Eaker were the ‘Dores to compete in heat two of the 200 freestyle. Peacock finished with a time of 1:52.10 while Eaker finished with a time of 1:53.76. Peacock’s time was more than two seconds faster than her previous personal-best set back in November.

The ‘Dores had a trio compete in heat three of the 200 free. Freshman Namilla Sanchez paced the ‘Dores with a season-best time of 1:51.53. Summer Brown was right behind her with a time of 1:52.01. Carrie Bencic finished out the Commodores in the 200 free and posted a season-best time of 1:52.29.

The Commodores didn’t have any swimmers crack the finals for Thursday night and since there is no relay final, they were finished with day three. Day four picks back up tomorrow at 10 am ET with prelims in the 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.

Full coverage for the 2017 SEC Swimming and Diving Championship will be live on the SEC Network+ and Watch ESPN. Links to the coverage will be posted on vucommodores.com, @Vanderbiltswim on Twitter and Vanderbilt Swimming on Facebook along with updates from each day of competition.