Senior swimmer sets American record as Lady Vols shine at SEC Championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ( WVLT) — The Tennessee swim teams are off to a fast start at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn.

ATHENS, GA - FEBRUARY 20, 2019 - Erika Brown of the Tennessee Volunteers during the Day Two Finals Session during the 2019 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, GA. Photo By John Golliher/Tennessee Athletics

Night Three

The Lady Volunteers have extended their lead at the conference championship meet after night three of the competition.

Senior Erika Brown set a new American record with her win in the 100 butterfly, finishing with a time of 49.38.

Senior Tess Cieplucha took home gold in the 400 IM, and junior Alexis Yager finished third.

Senior Meghan small finished fourth in the 200 free.

If the Lady Vols win the meet it will be the first time in program history to win this title.

Night Two

The senior duo of Erika Brown and Meghan Small entered Wednesday night's finals at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships with the chance to make history and did just that.

Meghan Small won the 200 Individual Medley. It’s her third time winning the title. Senior Tess Cieplucha finished fourth in the event.

Erika Brown won the 50 free and set the SEC record (Breaking her own record) with an incredibly fast time of 21.03 and it’s the third straight time she’s won the title. It also makes her the second fastest performer in this race ever.

The Lady Vols also took 2nd in the 200 free relay and are
leading the meet heading into Wednesday’s competition.

Night One

The Lady Vols started the night with an exciting finish to the 200 medley relay. The women's team made up of senior backstroker Meghan Small, junior breaststroker Nikol Popov, senior butterflier Stanzi Moseley and senior freestyler Erika Brown came from behind to take home gold.

The Lady Vols also took home gold in the 800 freestyle relay, beating the field by more than three seconds, with a foursome made up of Small, Brown, junior Tjasa Pintar and senior Tess Cieplucha.

The Vols relay, made up of senior backstroker Matthew Garcia, sophomore breaststroker Michael Houlie, senior butterflier Braga Verhage and senior freestyler Alec Connolly, earned silver in the 200 medley relay.

Sophomore diver Matt Wade finished third in the men's three-meter diving.

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