Oct. 10, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Vanderbilt swimming team opened up the 2009 fall season with a solid showing against Alabama and Centenary at the Alabama Aquatic Center Saturday. The Commodores went 1-1 in dual action, as it defeated Centenary 177-82, while falling to Alabama 199-79.
The `Dores recorded nine top-three finishes in its first competition of the calendar year. Eight Commodores experienced swimming in their first collegiate meet, Chelsea Morey, Sarah Lynch, Jessica Eccher, Elizabeth Galenti, Rose Cornelson, Amy Salce, Ellen Kilgore and Erika Deardorf.
Morey and Cornelson both recorded top-five finishes in the 100-yard backstroke after swimming to times of 1:01.00 and 1:01.15. Both of those times were faster than any Vanderbilt swimmer recorded all of last season.
Deardorf swam to a third-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle, posting a time of 17:35.60 while Kilgore placed sixth in the same event.
Later in the meet Deardorf and Salce finished first and second in the 500-yard freestyle with marks of 5:12.30 and 5:13.04, respectively.
Sophomore Laura Dillon, the school’s record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke did not compete in either of the two breaststroke events. Instead, Dillon turned her attention to the 100 and 200-yard butterfly where she swam to a pair of top-three finishes.
In the relays, Vanderbilt’s 200-yard freestyle team of Zoe Cooper-Surma, Anna Fargo, Sarah Lynch and Jennifer Molchan led the way with a 1:41.80 while the all freshmen relay of Galenti, Cornelson, Salce and Deardorf) followed with a 1:45.01, good for fourth place.
Salce and Molchan led the way in the short freestyle events as Salce led the way in the 200-free for the `Dores while Molchan was the top Commodore in the 50 and 100-free.
The Vanderbilt swimming team will return to the pool on Saturday, Oct. 17, when they host Southern Illinois in a dual meet. The meet will start at 2 p.m. CT from the Centennial Sportsplex.
200-yard medley relay
4. Vanderbilt (Morey, Lynch, Eccher, Galenti), 1:51.89
6. Vanderbilt (Cornelson, Voss, Dillon, Cooper-Surma), 1:53.03
8. Vanderbilt (Salce, Cohen, Falcone, Fargo), 1:55.89
3. Laura Dillon, 2:12.46
200-yard freestyle relay
2. Vanderbilt (Cooper-Surma, Fargo, Lynch, Molchan), 1:41.80
4. Vanderbilt (Galenti, Cornelson, Salce, Deardorf), 1:45.01