On to the SECs

Commodores travel to Knoxville for championship week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt swimming team heads to the Alan Jones Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee to compete at the SEC Championships in Knoxville.

This year’s meet will mark the Commodores’ 25th time competing at the SEC Championships. The championships will begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. with time trials, with finals scheduled to start at 4:20 p.m. in the 200-yard medley and 800-yard free relays. The competition will last five days, with prelims taking place each morning followed by evening finals.

“We’re really looking forward to having a great week here in Knoxville at the SEC Championships, I think everyone is thrilled to get back to the combined format which makes this by far the most exciting college meet in the country. We can’t wait to get started,” Vanderbilt head coach Jeremy Organ said. “We’re going to take it one race at a time, we want to get things started the right way on Tuesday with our relays and go from there. It’s going to be a really great week of racing; I’m looking forward to watching our girls compete.”

Eyes will be on a pair of freshmen this week as the duo of Mercedes Traba and Kailia Utley have combined to post Vanderbilt’s best mark in seven of 14 individual events. Additionally, senior Tonner DeBeer has picked up the most individual race victories in the regular season with eight wins in three different events highlighted by five first-place results in the 100 butterfly.

All sessions of the championships will air live on SEC Network+.

Follow along with the Commodores’ action in Knoxville during the SEC Championships by following @VandySwimming on Twitter and Instagram.