#VandySwim smashes 200 free relay record at SEC Champs

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Feb. 17, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo.- The Vanderbilt swim team closed down day two of SEC Championships smashing their second record of the week. In front of a packed crowed gathered in the Mizzou Aquatic Center, Kayla Moran, Johanna Goldblatt, Breanna Sapienza and anchor Hannah Martin set a new 200 free relay record by touching in at 1:32.38.

“It’s always good to break another record,” said head coach Jeremy Organ. “And it takes all four of them to really come together and have a great swim. Kayla (Moran) started off well, and Hannah finishes it. It was a really good race and I thought it was great for the team. There was a lot of excitement in there tonight, and it was a good way to finish day two.”


All three legs were 23.1 and under, making this one of the most efficient races from start to finish the Commodores have completed.

That following morning, the Commodores enjoyed individual success in prelims, establishing 15 season best times, four of which were personal records.

The first personal record of Wednesday’s preliminary swims came in the 200 IM, as sophomore Kara Lucenti earned fifth place in heat four at a time of 2:02.16.

Three PRs were set in the 11th overall event of the weeklong event the 50 free. Kathryn Coughlin and Kate Hornaday set their best times in heat one of the 50 free, swimming in at 23.61 and 23.94 respectively.

In the third heat of seven, Moran earned second place amongst the competitors heat. The Longwood, Fla. native out touched 22 student-athletes in route to a 28th place finish and a personal best time of 23.36.

Overall, three Commodores made their SEC championships debuts, with Mary Beckwith, Eun Sol Chon and Erin Primdahl all earning season best times in competition.

“It was a really really exciting atmosphere in there tonight, with an American record going (UF’s Caeleb Dressel in 50 free; 18.23)… there was just a lot of excitement. It was such an energizing and great day for everyone. It’s going to be a big morning for us tomorrow, with some really good swims on the way. So, tonight we’re going to get a good night sleep to be ready to go.”

The 2016 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships continues on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. CT with the preliminaries for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free and the women’s 3-meter diving, followed by the finals of those four events starting at 6 p.m. CT. Both sessions can be viewed on SEC Network+.