Tennessee used a strong final day to wrap up the Tennessee Invitational with a sweep on Saturday at Allan Jones Aquatic Center. The Lady Vols won their side with 1341.5 points and the men finished with 1227 points.
On the third and final day of competition, Joey Reilman recorded the fastest time in the country in the 200 backstroke this season (1:39.36). Considering the short distance of the event, Reilman improved by two seconds after having not gone under 1:41 in his career.
“Joey, with his range of events, is really turning into a Tennessee great before our eyes,” associate head coach Lance Asti said.
The men’s team won six events, eventually winning by a 499-point margin over second place Penn University.
Kyle Decoursey won the 100 freestyle (42.97), followed by Matthew Dunphy’s win in the 200 breaststroke.
“Kyle Decoursey, another one of our seniors, has a skill for getting his hand on the wall in close races,” Asti said. “I don't know how he does it. It's amazing. He has a knack for finding ways to win tonight in the 100 and the relay.”
Dunphy won with a time of 1:53.76, clinching the second fastest time in the country this season. It also set a school record.
The women also dominated, taking six first place finishes of their own, securing their win by 323.5 points over second place Duke’s 1018 points.
The Lady Vols’ camaraderie was apparent again, as they won all five relays over the course of the meet.
“They managed their expectations as a group,” associate head coach Ashley Jahn said. “They competed really well. Everybody had a really clear vision about what this meet was going to be and what they wanted to get out of it. They executed it.”
Individually, Sinclair Larson took first in the 200 backstroke (1:54.21) and Erika Brown won the 100 freestyle (47.18).
The 200 breaststroke was dominated by the Lady Vols, as they finished in first through third places in the final heat.
Nikol Popov finished first with a career best time of 2:08.09, recording the second fastest time in program history and sixth fastest time in the country.
In second was Alexis Yager (2:11.83), followed by Emily Skyes in third (2:11.87). It was the only event with top three finishes from Tennessee.
Senior diver Colin Zeng redeemed himself with a win on his first round of platform dives this the season.
Zeng recorded a score of 492.40, nearly breaking 500 points for the second time in his career.
“Colin put up a very impressive list coming close to a really tough 500 score there,” diving coach Dave Parrington said. “Good to see him knock down some 10’s and some really impressive dives and really no misses at all.”
On the women’s side, Rachel Rubadue also won the platform with a score of 278.15, winning by almost 25 points.
“Rachel had a good, solid competition and hit a dive in the fourth round when she needed to,” Parrington said.
Saturday’s meet marks the end of the fall season. The spring season begins with the Bulldog Diving Invitational, which starts on Jan. 4.