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NO. 22 LADY VOLS CONCLUDE DAY ONE AT SEC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tiffany Clay

Tiffany Clay

Feb. 16, 2005

Results

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Competition continued Wednesday night at the Southeastern Conference swimming championships with the relay squads taking center stage. It was a bittersweet night as the Lady Vols clocked a time of 1:39.76 in the 200y medley relay that would have reset the school record of 1:40.18 that was achieved during the time trials and automatically qualified the squad for the NCAA Championships. However, 30 seconds after the race had concluded it was announced that UT disqualified and the time was washed out.

"It's one of those things that could happen when you are trying to put up really fast times," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "You push it and unfortunately we fell victim to the disqualification. We are thankful for the performance of this morning (school record in 200y medley relay) and should have another shot at it at NCAAs. We are just looking forward to tomorrow's events."

The quartet of All-American Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) was not the only group to face bad luck in the event, as one squad was disqualified in each of the other three heats.

The Orange and White would find redemption in the 800y freestyle though, as the group comprised of Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.), Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio), Fessel and Magnuson clocked the fifth-fastest time in school history en route to a fifth-place finish. The marker is also a season-best time.

Heading into day two of the swimming portion of the league meet, Tennessee sits in ninth place with 30 points.

 

 

The first individual events of the league championships begin on Thursday with the 500y freestyle, 200y IM, 50y freestyle and 400y medley relay all on tap. On Friday, the 400y IM, 100y butterfly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, 100y backstroke and 200y freestyle relay are all scheduled. The championships conclude on Saturday with the 200y backstroke, 100y freestyle, 200y breaststroke, 200y butterfly, 400y freestyle relay and 1650y freestyle all on the slate. Morning sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with evening races slated to start at 5:30 p.m.

Upon conclusion of the SECs, the Orange and White will swim in the Bulldog Invite Feb. 26-27. The NCAA Zone Qualified divers will compete in the Zone Championships scheduled March 11-13 while the NCAA Championships will take place March 17-19.

PlaceTeam Scores
1.Kentucky 166
2.South Carolina 131
3.Georgia 116
4.Alabama 115
5.Florida 105
6.Auburn 98
7.LSU 83
8.Arkansas 71
9.Tennessee 30
Tennessee Scorers
800y Freestyle Relay- 28 points
Brittany Fulmer-2 points


NO. 22 LADY VOLS SHATTER SCHOOL RECORD IN 200Y MEDLEY RELAY AT SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TIME TRIALS
Clocking of 1:40.18 is fastest in the nation and an NCAA provisional qualifying time

The No. 22 Lady Vols started the Southeastern Conference Championships with a bang as they shattered the school record in the 200y medley relay by posting a time of 1:40.18 in Wednesday morning's time trials. The clocking is the fastest in the nation and eclipsed the NCAA "B" qualifying standard.

"This is what everybody has been waiting for," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "This team is the most relaxed and confident I've seen them prior to the start of the SECs. To start off this morning by smashing a school record is the adrenaline rush everybody was looking for."

The quartet of All-American Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) put on quite a show for the spectators, with ripples echoing through the stands when the time was announced. The final clocking was nearly one second faster than the current record in the event, set at last year's SEC Championships.

Competition resumes Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. with the finals for the 200y medley relay and 800y freestyle relay on the slate.

The first individual events of the league championships begin on Thursday with the 500y freestyle, 200y IM, 50y freestyle and 400y medley relay all on tap. On Friday, the 400y IM, 100y butterfly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, 100y backstroke and 200y freestyle relay are all scheduled. The championships conclude on Saturday with the 200y backstroke, 100y freestyle, 200y breaststroke, 200y butterfly, 400y freestyle relay and 1650y freestyle all on the slate.

Upon conclusion of the SECs, the Orange and White will swim in the Bulldog Invite Feb. 26-27. The NCAA Zone Qualified divers will compete in the Zone Championships scheduled March 11-13 while the NCAA Championships will take place March 17-19.

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