Dores earn two final swims on day four of SECs

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Feb. 19, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Vanderbilt swim team earned two final swims during day four of the 2016 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Both junior Kathryn Coughlin and sophomore Kara Lucenti raced in Friday night’s “C” final after earning 21st and 18th place respectively in prelims. Lucenti came into the final with the second fastest prelim time at 1:01.97. Coughlin followed the Kenilworth, Ill. native with a lifelong best 1:02.30. Both Commodore swimmers earned NCAA “B” cut times.

Kara Lucenti

During finals, roles were reversed as Coughlin just barely edged out her teammate by .01, taking fifth place in the “C” final at 1:02.52.

Kathryn Coughlin

After the conclusion of men’s platform diving, the Commodores took to the waters once more for the 400-medley relay. Positioned in lane three of heat one, Vandy took off keeping even with teams from LSU, Arkansas and South Carolina. Gradually losing speed at the end of the race, Vanderbilt came in fourth with a 3:42.27.

During morning preliminary swims 14 Vandy student-athletes saw action. In the 200 fly, Erin Primdahl earned a personal best time of 2:06.10. In the Commodore’s second event of the morning, the 100 backstroke, freshman Johanna Goldblatt led the team touching in at 56.78.

Heading into the final day of competition, Vanderbilt sits in 12th place with 130 points. The Texas A&M Aggies sit in first place, with Tennessee and Georgia knocking on their door.

The Mizzou Aquatic Complex will host 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 400 freestyle relay. Preliminary swims will begin at 10:00 am CT, with finals following at 6:00 pm.