Feb. 6, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – The Vanderbilt swimming team wrapped up its regular season on Saturday, falling to Tulane, 183-89 in dual action at the Reily Student Recreation Center Natatorium. The Commodores (2-8, 0-4 SEC) tallied 18 top-three finishes in the loss, including three, first-place finishes (100 and 200 breaststroke and 1000 freestyle).
“I thought Amy Salce and Laura Dillon swam great races today, head coach Jeremy Organ said. “Tulane had a great meet and we lost out on a couple of really close races. Everyone is really focusing on the next two weeks and final preparation for SECs.”
Salce continued her hot streak on Saturday by recording a season-high time of 10:25.60 to capture first-place honors in the 1000-yard freestyle. Salce’s previous best (10:25.88) came against South Carolina and UNC-Wilmington on Jan. 23. Later in the meet, Salce swam a 2:06.85, good for second place in the 200-yard backstroke.
Fellow freshman Sarah Lynch nearly missed a new personal best in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking a 1:07.94 on Saturday to win the event. Later in the meet, Lynch clocked a season-best time of 24.90 in the 50-yard freestyle, good for second place.
Allie Voss came in second in the six-swimmer 100 breaststroke race with a time of 1:08.02. Voss currently holds the school record time in the 100 breast after setting a new standard in the event by clocking a 1:04.11 at the 2009 SEC Swimming Championships.
Dillon once again took home first-place honors in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday, clocking a season-best and team-high 2:20.00 to claim the top spot. Not only did Dillon win the event, she won it by nearly eight seconds. Dillon’s first-place finish tacked nine points to VU’s team score. A native of Reston, Va., Dillon has dominated the 200 breaststroke all season long and she will look to break her own school record of 2:19.56 in two weeks at the SEC Championships. Dillon set the school record at last year’s conference meet.
Ellen Kilgore led Vanderbilt in the 100-freestyle, clocking a 55.48 to finish fourth out of eight swimmers. Kilgore’s time Saturday marked a new season-high for the Greenville, S.C., native, topping her previous best of 55.78 in which she set at the Hilltopper Invitational back in November.
Jess Eccher’s performance in the 100-yard butterfly was another bright spot for the Commodores on Saturday. The Jacksonville, Fla., native clocked a new team and season-high time of 58.11 to finish runner-up in the 100 fly. Eccher’s marked topped her 58.28 that she swam against Marshall last weekend in Huntington, W. Va.
The freshmen duo of Erika Deardorf and Chelsea Morey came in second and third in the 400-yard individual medley with times of 4:36.92 and 4:40.19, respectively. Deardorf’s time Saturday marked a season-high while Morey swam in the event for just the first time all season.
The Vanderbilt swimming and diving team will spend the next 10 days training and practicing for the 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. The 2010 conference meet will be hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., Feb. 17-20.
To view complete results from Saturday’s meet between Tulane and Vanderbilt, click on the “complete results” tab at the top of the page.