Commodores split first road meet of the season

Sept. 30, 2016

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Vanderbilt swim team splits their tri-meet in Tuscaloosa, defeating West Florida 193-101 but falling to Alabama 200.5-85.5. The meet was filled was many close races and multiple podium finishes for the Commodores.

In the first race of the afternoon, the Vandy A relay team of Johanna Goldblatt, Kathryn Coughlin, Breanna Sapienza, and Kayla Moran took second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:44.62.

Freshman Selah Peacock followed her impressive collegiate debut last week with another great showing this afternoon. She finished 2nd in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:22.50), improving on her time of 10:24.57 from last week.

Kara Lucenti picked up a third place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:21.97, edging out teammate Kathryn Coughlin who finished 4th. Coughlin just missed out on the podium in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.10), as she finished .06 seconds behind the third place finisher Theresa Michalak of West Florida.

Breanna Sapienza took second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.54. Kayla Moran finished right behind Sapienza (55.87), grabbing a third place finish.

Freshman Amanda Chabbott earned the second podium finish of her career, this week in the 200-yard backstroke. Chabbott finished in a tie for second with a time of 2:07.76. Madison Eaker finished right behind Chabbott (2:10.03), finishing 4th in the event.

The `Dores finished on a strong note, earning first and second place in the last two events of the meet. Kara Lucenti finished first in the 200-yard IM (2:08.99), with Paige Hamilton less than a second behind her (2:09.53), to finish second.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the A relay team of Madeline Hunt, Breanna Sapienza, Johanna Goldblatt, and Kayla Moran finished with a time of 1:36.26 to take first. Vanderbilt’s B relay team of Summer Brown, Brenda Cha, Kate Hornaday, and Kathryn Coughlin finished right behind the A relay (1:39.72), earning second place.

The Commodores will be off for two weeks before they travel to San Diego over fall break. They will face off with San Diego State and UC San Diego in a tri-meet on Oct. 14. The next day, the `Dores will take on San Diego State again, this time in a dual-meet.