ATHENS, Ga. – The Vanderbilt swim team kicked off the 2019 SEC Championships racing in the 200-yard medley relay followed by the 800-yard freestyle relay Tuesday night.
Earning a dominant start for the Commodores in backstroke, senior Johanna Goldblatt raced a swift 25.12 split time.
Following Goldblatt, Hannah Hunt broke out in breaststroke, completing the race in 28.85.
Competing in the third-leg of the medley relay, freshman Tonner DeBeer earned her season best split time finishing the 50-yard butterfly in 23.26.
Wrapping up the relay for the Dores, Kaley Buchanan also earned her season best split relay time touching the wall at 22.96.
The Dores concluded the night competing in heat 1 of the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Freshman Abby Burke started strong for the Dores, swimming the first-leg of the relay in 1:51.20 followed by fellow freshman Lizzy Colwell racing 1:52.77.
Touching the wall at 1:53.54, Namilla Sanchez, newest member of the SEC Community Service team, picked up momentum for the relay leading into senior Madison Eaker wrapping up the race for the Commodores in 1:53.72. The Dores concluded the relay in 7:31.23, marking the team’s season best time.
“Overall, we had a good day, but there are things we can do better. Strong start in the 200-yard medley relay with both Kaley and Tonner earning their best split times followed by a good race by the 800-yard freestyle relay team. We’re content with today’s performances but still focused on what we can do better tomorrow,” said head Coach Jeremy Organ.
Wednesday the Commodores will take the pool to compete in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and will conclude day two with the 50-yard freestyle.
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2019 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships – Day One (Feb. 19 – Athens, Ga.)
Tuesday’s Final Results:
Women’s Team Results (through 3 events):
2. Texas A&M-162
10. South Carolina-105