NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt swimming dove back into the pool to compete for the first time since November on Thursday, matching up with No. 6 Tennessee at the Centennial Sportsplex.
The Dores fought hard in a 204-58 setback against the Volunteers while also recognizing its outgoing class in a Senior Day ceremony before the meet.
“It was really great to honor our seniors while getting back into the water to compete,” head coach Jeremy Organ said. “I’m so proud of our seniors and all they’ve done for our program. We’re looking forward to continuing to improve as the season progresses to send our seniors off on a high note.”
Kailia Utley secured a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.03). Gabriela Pierobon Mays added another bronze finish in the 50-yard freestyle (24.48). Mercedes Traba took home another hard-fought third-place finish, finishing her 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:22.20.
In one of the closer races of the meet, Debeer out-touched Tennessee’s Annie Rimmer by 0.2 seconds for second place to finish her 100-yard butterfly in 56.73.
Vanderbilt returns to action Jan. 29 at Arkansas-Little Rock.