Tennessee Men Edge Louisville by Single Point

by Robert Gibbs 30

October 24th, 2019 ACC, College, News, Previews & Recaps, SEC

LOUISVILLE VS. TENNESSEE

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Ralph Wright Natatorium, Louisville, KY
  • SCY
  • Dual Meet Format
  • Live Results
  • Score: Tennessee 150.5, Louisville 149.5

Unlike the women’s meet, where the Lady Vols defeated the Cardinals by a wide margin, the score in the men’s action Thursday afternoon in Louisville was a much closer affair. The outcome wouldn’t be decided until the final relay, where a Tennessee win meant the Volunteers won the dual meet by a single point.

The very first event was a harbinger of what was to come, in terms of it being a close meet. Mitchell Whyte led off in 22.41, putting the Cardinals in the lead early. Tennessee’s Michael Houlie (23.67) and Louisville’s Evgenii Somov (23.79) essentially held pace with each other, but Tennessee crept up even more with Braga Verhage’s 21.03’s fly to split Nick Albiero’s 21.27. It came down to the anchor leg, and Alec Connolly split 19.44 for Tennessee on a 0.20 reaction time, while Mihalis Deliyiannis split 19.66 on a 0.31 reaction time. That difference in reaction times proved to be the difference, as the Vols won 1:27.07 to 1:27.13.

It’s worth noting here that Louisville’s top sprinter, Andrej Barna, hasn’t appeared in either of the Cardinals’ dual meets this season, and while nothing’s ever certain, his presence may have tipped the scales in Louisville’s favor today.

Tennessee’s Taylor Abbott took control of the 1000 free just after the first 200, and never relinquished the lead, winning 9:09.93.

In the 200 free, four men were within 0.12s of each other the halfway point, but it was Louisville’s Colton Paulson who had the fastest back half, and won in 1:38.40.

Nick Albiero made it two in a row for the Cardinals with a 47.31 victory in the 100 back, a time that’s under the NCAA ‘B’ cut. Teammate Whyte took 2nd in 48.13.

Michael Houlie interrupted the Cards’ winning streak with a 53.09 in the 100 breast, exactly a half-second ahead of Louisville’s Evgenii Somov.

Tennessee’s Marc Hinawi and Joel Giraudeau went 1-2 in the 200 fly, touching in 1:47.97 and 1:49.53, with Louisville’s Jarrett Jones tying for 2nd.

The 50 free feature each team’s medley relay anchor squaring off again, but this time Deliyiannis came out on top, winning 20.31 to 20.33.

After the break, Connolly put the Vols back in the win column quickly with a 43.94 victory in the 100 free. Heading into this weekend, Connolly was one of only four men who’ve been under 44 so far this season, and holds the top time in the nation with a 43.55 from last week’s Tennesee-Virginia dual.

The Cards battled back by taking four of the top five spots in the 200 back, with Daniel Sos leading the way with a 1:46.07 finish.

Next, Houlie and Somov faced off again in the 200 breast, with Somov getting the win this time, 1:59.24 to 2:00.53.  Abbott made it two in a row for Tennessee when he completed the distance double with a 4:27.00 win in the 500 free.

Louisville then matched Tennessee with back-to-back wins of their own. First, Albiero got his 2nd win of the day with a 47.90 in the 100 fly, although Tennessee swept the #2-5 spots. Then, Sos pulled off a fairly impressive 200 back/fly double with a 1:47.32 win in the 200 fly, almost four seconds ahead of the field.

That win meant the final relay would determine the overall outcome. Louisville swimmers  Albiero (44.55), Somov (44.08), Bartosz Piszczorowic (44.76) put the Cardinals one second ahead of the Tennessee team of Seth Bailey (44.92), Nolan Briggs (45.02), and Josh Walsh (44.55). Once again, it came down to the anchor leg, and Connolly ripped a 43.0 to Michael Eastmans 44.44. Tennessee won 2:57.49 to 2:57.83, and with that win, won the meet by exactly a single point.

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hschler
2 years ago

Alec Connolly!!!!!! What a progression!

Swim Pop
2 years ago

Lane 2 block the real MVP…

CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
2 years ago

Love a good rested dual meet!

Swim Baron
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
2 years ago

Kredich, Albiero, Junker, Asti, Murphy, and Jahn are all US National Team Coaches (Sorry if I missed one). These are two highly experienced staffs. Do you really think they are resting athletes for a dual meet? How about two well coached teams that love to race? Guess we will see later in the season.

TNGoodman
Reply to  Swim Baron
2 years ago

Heck yes is this person implying TN rested? NOWAY. Our team will swim MUCH faster in future meets. Michigan rested for the meet we were supposed to have when the water was nasty. It is a know fact that TN doe snot rest for dual meets. At the end of the season our girls will win SEC and finish top 5 at NCAAs. Our men can finish top 3 at SECs and top 20 at NCAAs as long as our diver heals.

CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
Reply to  Swim Baron
2 years ago

Stanford, Arizona, and Arizona State do it all the time, so why not these teams?

John
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
2 years ago

That’s great that those teams do it. However, if you look anywhere on Tennessee’s social media, you will see that they are in the middle of some pretty rigorous training. It’s pretty well-known that the Tennessee coaches’ approach is that the end of the year is what really matters. The idea that this was a rested meet is ludicrous.

kdswim
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
2 years ago

Most of the Tenn men’s times were slower than the week before at UVA meet. If they rested, they did not do a very good job.

Notaswimmer
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
2 years ago

?? What makes you think they were rested I don’t know about Louisville but Tennessee was swimming its 2nd dual meet in a week, having hosted UVA last Saturday! In addition, you can check out their training on various social media sites – they are working hard!

Texas swims in a short pool
2 years ago

looks like UVA men are staring at 3rd place in the ACC again. Neither side is blinking.

Swimmer
2 years ago

Great anchor leg

Swammer
2 years ago

This sounds like an incredible dual meet. It’s the kind of meet I would love to watch a live stream of or even pay to watch it.

Heyitsme
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Honestly. Wish more dual meets were streamed

iknowitall
2 years ago

Oohhh those Vols are ON FIRE in October!!! Could an SEC TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY be heading to Knoxville this season?

volmenusa superfan
Reply to  iknowitall
2 years ago

yessir. HARDWORK>HYPE

Fish Food
2 years ago

Kredich has these men swimming fast. Definitely a noticeable change

Swimmer
Reply to  Fish Food
2 years ago

Lance Asti and Rich Murphy have had the responsibility over the men’s team since the beginning of last season, while Kredich is the head coach of the women’s team.

John
Reply to  Fish Food
2 years ago

The Tennessee staff was realigned. Kredich would credit Asti and Murphy for the men’s performance.

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