AUBURN, Ala. – The Vanderbilt swimming team wrapped up a strong fourth day of competition at the SEC Championships on Friday to claim one school record, four personal records and five season bests.
“Heading into the last day, we have a lot to be proud of this week,” Vanderbilt head coach Jeremy Organ said. “I’m very proud of this team and our great group of seniors that have led the way.”
Sophomore Lizzy Colwell claimed the highlight of the day by setting the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke. Colwell touched in at 1:01.37 to break the previous record of 1:01.41 during today’s time trials.
“It’s great to see records breaking,” Colwell said. “It just shows where the program is going and to be a part of that is all the more fulfilling.”
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Four student-athletes opened day four competing in the 200 fly with freshman Kristen Nutter tabbing the Dores’ top time at 2:05.26, marking her personal best in the event.
Two Dores set personal records in the 100 breast with junior Lindsey Gordon placing 32nd in the event, touching in at 1:02.45.
In her first SEC Championships, freshman Alina Jones set a personal record by touching the wall at 1:03.49.
“It feels great seeing my hard work pay off,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to finishing the meet strong and supporting my teammates (Saturday).”
The Commodores closed the day competing in the 400 medley relay with sophomore Abby Burke leading off the team at 55.89 to mark a person record. Colwell went a 1:02.09 in the 100 breast followed by Tonner DeBeer touching in at 54.70 in the fly. Junior Kaley Buchanan finished the race for the Dores, touching in at 3:43.84.
Vanderbilt will return to action for the final day of competition in the SEC Championships at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to compete in the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and will conclude the championships with the 400 free relay.
Follow along with the Dores in the final day of the SEC Championships by following @VandySwimming on Twitter and Instagram.