Closing in on Canes

Tonner DeBeer picks up two wins in Florida

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Tonner DeBeer notched a pair of individual wins as Vanderbilt closed the gap on Miami in nonconference action at the Whitten Center Pool on Thursday.

DeBeer did the deed by capturing the 100-yard butterfly (54.10) and 100-yard backstroke (54.79) as the Commodore swimming team heads into the final day of the Miami Invite trailing the Hurricanes, 657-612.

“I was really pleased with how we swam tonight,” head coach Jeremy Organ said. “I saw the team really come together, believe in each other, and that showed in the results.”

DeBeer also swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard medley relay, coming home to lead the unit to a second-place showing in 1:42.48 along with Abby Burke, Lindsey Gordon and Alina Stout.

Lauren Thomas’ silver finish in the 400-yard individual medley was achieved in a career-best 4:26.01, with Eleanor Beers going 1:51.45 for third in the 200-yard freestyle. Beers was one spot ahead of Krislyn Porter (1:53.15).

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Lindsey Gordon touched second in 1:03.26 and Lauren McCormack (1:04.13) dried off in third. Alina Jones contributed a career-best 1:03.14 for sixth.

Vanderbilt ended the evening session with a 7:41.97 in the 800-yard freestyle for third-place points.

The Miami Invite resumes Friday with the morning prelims and concludes with the evening finals.