Tennessee Invite Day 2 Recap: Hannis Steals Show with Sub-57 100 BR


  • Thursday, November 30th – Saturday, December 2nd
  • Allan Jones Aquatic Center
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Prelims 10 am CT / Finals 5 pm CT
  • Championships Central
  • Live Results (Also on Meet Mobile, if this link isn’t updated)
  • Diving Results

Though the main competition at the Tennessee Invite is among college teams this weekend, Tennessee postgrad and Rio Olympian Molly Hannis was the star of the show in Knoxville today. This morning, Hannis became the second woman in history to break 57 in the 100 yard breaststroke, smashing her personal best by a second with 56.64. Only Lilly King has been faster (56.30).

She followed up that swim with the 10th-fastest swim in history in finals to win the event by over two seconds with 57.39.

Going into day 3, Tennessee holds a commanding lead in both the men’s and women’s standings.


Tennessee’s Erika Brown is having an incredible meet this weekend, after finishing second last night in the 50 free with a time that would have made the top 8 at 2017 NCAAs. Tonight, she followed up that performance with another ‘A’ cut and school record, this time with a win in the 100 fly in 50.77. Tonight’s swim was another that would have been good for the top 8 last season. (It also would have been second, ahead of Mallory Comerford, at Winter Nationals tonight.)

Last night’s 50 free winner Caroline Baldwin of UNC went 51.95 to win the 100 back in a time that would have been second at tonight’s Winter Nationals.

Tess Cieplucha of Tennessee outswam last night’s 200 IM champion Bailey Andison for the title in the 400 IM, posting 4:05.43 to Andison’s 4:06.10. Cieplucha’s teammate Stanzi Moseley added another title for the Vols in the 200 free, winning the event in 1:44.63.

The University of Tennessee’s Micah Bohon, Katie Armitage, Brown, and Stanzi Moseley won the 100 medley relay in 1:36.67 for an NCAA ‘A’ cut. They doubled up relay wins with 7:07.11 in the 800 free relay (Brown, Megan Small, Bohon, Moseley).

Team Scores:

  1. Tennessee: 749
  2. Duke: 559
  3. North Carolina: 519
  4. Denver: 459
  5. Penn: 236
  6. Marshall: 110
  7. Carson-Newman: 91
  8. Tennessee Aquatics (Molly Hannis): 20
  9. Unattached (Kira Toussaint): 16


Tennessee’s Ryan Coetzee put up a 46.02 to win the 100 fly, a time that would have taken third at tonight’s Winter Nationals, missing his personal best from last year’s SECs by just .01.

His teammate Joey Reilman took the title in the 200 free in 1:34.27, coming in a second-and-a-half ahead of the field. Meanwhile, Peter Stevens of Tennessee won the 100 breast in 52.89.

Tennessee was 4-for-4 in relays tonight, winning the men’s 400 medley relay in an ‘A’ cut 1:24.00 (Braga Verhage, Stevens, Coetzee, and Kyle Decoursey). Then, Volunteer team went 6:25.82 to win the 800 free relay.

Penn’s Mark Andrew won the 400 IM in 3:46.99, while Denver’s Anton Loncar was the 100 back champion in 45.92.

Team Scores:

  1. Tennessee: 830.5
  2. Denver: 533.5
  3. Penn: 472
  4. Duke: 399
  5. North Carolina: 320
  6. Carson-Newman: 138

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Vol-lution in the pool! Kept rolling ORANGE!!!!

Coetzee went a 45.5 this AM in prelims to break the school record and take the #1 time in the county at the time. Worth noting…

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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