Big Move to Rocky Top: Lauren Driscoll to Transfer to Tennessee

Last week, we learned that Cal Berkeley freshman Lauren Driscoll would be transferring from the University of California, Berkeley.  Big news out of Knoxville this evening:  the distance specialist has announced that she will transfer to the University of Tennessee and  compete for Matt Kredich and the Lady Vols this fall.

The Ft. Lauderdale native will finish out the school year at Cal Berkeley (finals end in a little over two weeks), but there is no official word yet as to where she will be training this summer leading up to World Championship Trials.  Driscoll is a huge pickup for the Volunteers, and will be one of four newcomers who will bolster the Volunteer distance ranks, along with incoming freshmen Camryne Morris, Madeline Tegner, and Morgan Dickson.

**Update from Swim Fort Lauderdale Head Coach Dave Gibson: “Lauren will be coming home this summer and will be training with us/me at Swim Fort Lauderdale at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex/ISHOF.”

Driscoll was a big piece of the nation’s #1 recruiting class this past season, which included five NCAA individual qualifiers (Liz Pelton, Rachel Bootsma, Kelly Naze, Rachael Acker, Driscoll) and two NCAA champions (Pelton and Bootsma).

Expected to be an anchor for the Bears’ distance group this year, Driscoll had a solid season, scoring 70 individual points at the Pac 12 Championships, and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in three events (she finished 47th in the 500, 37th in the 1650, and 40th in the 400 IM).  However, Driscoll was a bit off her lifetime best times, particularly in the 500 free; she posted a 4:39.17 back in November of 2010 (the last time she swam a tapered 500 free), but was just 4:42.12 this season.

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bobo gigi

Hopefully it will go better for her. It’s unbelievable to see her 47th in the 500 free at the last NCAA championships. With her talent, she must at least be in the A-Final. She was second in the 400 free at a world cup meet in Berlin in 2009 in 4.02.62 just behind Lotte Friis!!!! She was junior pan pacific champion in the 800 free in 2010!!!! Good catch for Tennessee.

bobo gigi

Incredible! Not yet a comment about her choice to not go to Florida! Where are the usual comments about Florida, not a distance power, about Florida and Gregg Troy? Usually it’s a very controversial and highly sensitive debate here on swimswam!

Anonymous Coward

She read all the SwimSwam comments about Troy and UF and that scared her away!! Let’s get the ball rolling on Florida now!

aswimfan

Ok, I’ll bite the bait:

It’s Gregg Troy’s fault!

I am thrilled for this rocky top pick up (of course!). I might be mistaken, but I’m thinking there was a stomach-ish bug going around the Cal team during the NCAA that might have impacted her times?

This is a great pick up for the distance group (a second 400IM swimmer? Yes!!!!)

Great pick up for Kredich and the UT program. She is huge upside for an up and coming program.

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