Big Day for Debeer

Debeer wins 100 fly, earns trio of medals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In its second meet of the 2020-21 season, Vanderbilt swimming took to the pool at Tennessee on Friday afternoon.

The host Volunteers earned a 202-60 victory over the Commodores at the Jones Aquatic Center.

Highlighting the day for the Commodores was junior Tonner Debeer, who claimed the 100-yard butterfly in 56.08 and took second in the 200 backstroke (2:04.70).

In her other two races Friday, Debeer was the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay team that took third (1:45.85) and she placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.23).

“Tonner (Debeer) had a really good day and is swimming really well. She is one we look toward to step up in meets like this and she is swimming well at this point in the year,” Vanderbilt head coach Jeremy Organ said. “Eleanor (Beers) also had some good swims and Lizzy (Colwell) faced some tough line ups and swam well. Overall, we’ve had some good practices and we are heading in the right direction. There is a lot we can take it from this meet moving forward.”

Beers brought home a trio of third-place finishes — in the 200 freestyle (1:53.78), the 100 freestyle (52.56) and joining Debeer on the 200 medley relay squad.

Earning the Commodores’ other third-place showings on the day were freshman Gabriela Pierobon Mays, who clocked out at 57.71 in the 100 backstroke, Colwell in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.77) and Alina Stout in the 200 backstroke (2:05.08). Pierobon Mays swam the opening leg of the 200 medley.

Vandy took the second through fifth spots in the 200 backstroke with Debeer, Stout, freshman Trinity Tran (2:07.43) and senior Lauren Bergmann (2:07.94).

The Commodores also took fourth place in the final event of the day with a time of 1:36.51.