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    Tiffany Clay     
     
      Tiffany Clay
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mason, Ohio

High School:
Mount Notre Dame

Height:
5-7

Position:
Breast, IM

Club:
Cincinnati Marlins (Coach: Chris Wolford)

KREDICH ON CLAY:

"Tiffany brings the attitude of a professional to practice every day. She is meticulous in every aspect of her training, and has shown consistent improvements every year because of this approach. Tiffany came through with some really big swims at critical times for us last year. She has shown that she loves pressure, and we'll expect her to rise to the occasion on a regular basis this year. "

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

CAREER BEST TIMES
100y breaststroke:1:02.08
200y breaststroke:2:14.11
200y IM:2:03.87
400y IM:4:30.84

AT TENNESSEE:

2005-06: Scored points individually at the NCAA Championships for the first time of her career, notching 12th place in the 200y breaststroke...She rewrote the UT record books with a blistering lifetime-best readout of 2:14.11, becoming the first Lady Vol to score in the event since 1989... Qualified for the finals with a then school-standard breaking clocking of 2:14.53...Member of 200 and 400y medley relays which finished 14th and eighth, respectively...Efforts at NCAAs enabled Clay to become a four-time All-American and helped lift the Big Orange to 12th place...Swam with the 200y MR group which obliterated the school standard in the event en route to a third-place result at the 2006 Southeastern Conference Championships...Also competed with 400y MR quartet which surged to fourth place at the league meet...Accumulated 20 individual points for Team Orange at the championships, finishing 12th in the 100 and 200y breaststroke...Established two lifetime bests at the Purdue Invite...Clay cranked out the then second-fastest time in the country, 1:02.08, to win the 100y breaststroke, while stopping the clock in NCAA "B" cut time of 2:03.87 in the 200y IM...Also topped the field in the 200y breaststroke...Swam with 200 and 400y MR groups that stood atop the podium at Purdue as well...In dual-meet action, Clay was victorious in the 100 and 200y breaststroke in seven of the 10 swims contested...She claimed runner-up honors in the other three...Member of seven triumphant relay squads.

2004-05: Achieved All-America status for the first time in her career by swimming with the 400y medley relay at the NCAA Championships...Clay's efforts helped Tennessee finish 15th in the event...Member of the then record-setting 200y and 400y medley relay squads at the SEC Championships...Helped the 400y medley relay to a fifth-place showing...Posted then lifetime bests and NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 100 and 200y breaststroke, respectively, at the Bulldog Invite, a last-chance meet...Final marker of 1:03.41 in 100y event placed Clay as the then eighth-fastest in UT history, while her time of 2:15.96 in 200y version was seventh-best all-time and placed Clay as the fourth quickest UT swimmer...Advanced to the consolation finals in 100y breaststroke at the SEC championships by finishing 15th, but was unable to compete due to an injury...Turned in a then career-best 2:06.98 in 200y IM to notch 24th at SECs while taking 18th place in the 200y breaststroke...Claimed first place at the prestigious Georgia Tech Invite in the 200y breaststroke with a clocking of 2:19.28...Earned 14 top-five finishes on the year, including five runner-up showings...Additionally was a member of three winning relay squads and two which took second place.

2003-04: Qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman in the 200m breaststroke...Also swam with both the 200m and 400m medley relay squads at the national championships...Member of then school record-setting 200y medley relay squad, which blazed to a time of 1:41.08 at the SEC Championships...Clay swam the second leg en route to helping the Big Orange earn a third-place finish...Also swam the second leg in the 400y medley relay squad at the Championships, which shattered the school record in the event with a clocking of 3:42.61...Had individual success as well at the conference championships, as she became the sixth-fastest Lady Vol in program history in the 200y breaststroke with a time of 2:16.82...Etched her name in the record books in dual meet at Auburn, with a clocking of 1:04.27 in the 100y breaststroke, making her the ninth-fastest UT swimmer...Took home 10 individual titles, including a run where Clay won four consecutive event... ...Was a member of six victorious relay squads...Overall, the Ohio native finished in the top-five on 24 different occasions...Finished outside of the top-five as an individual just nine times.

PERSONAL FILE

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters at Mount Notre Dame High School and served as team captain during her senior year...Efforts in the pool produced four All-America citations...Captured the state title in the 100y breaststroke in 2001...Was a sectional finalist in the 100y and 200y breaststroke on her club team...Led the Cincinnati Marlins to an National Swim Club Championship...Also played volleyball at MNDHS...Named a St. Julie Billart Scholar and garnered a spot on her school's honor roll all four years...Was a member of the Publisher's Club and the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Pursuing a major in psychology...Lists Michelle Akers as her biggest sports influence...Wants to be a sports psychologist when done with competitive athletics...Hobbies are drawing, art, scrap-booking and pottery...Highest ambitions in sports are to swim at the Olympics and to be well-known so she can serve as a role model...Daughter of Thomas and Joyce Clay...Has two sisters, Jennifer, 40, and Lauren, 17, and one brother, Tim, 38... Born Tiffany Elena Clay on Nov. 25, 1984, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT LADY VOL SWIMMING AND DIVING...

"The chance to share an amazing experience with 28 ladies that are your family away from home. The closeness contributes to the competitive atmosphere and makes succeeding together and individually so much sweeter."

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