The Lady Vol butterfly earned UT more points.
Feb. 26, 2004
After a weather-marred day in which preliminaries were eliminated to remain on schedule, sophomore Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) continued her stellar performance at the 2004 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., by posting another NCAA Automatic qualifying time in the 100y butterfly. Also of note, Fessel had not even turned in a provisional qualifier in the 100y fly throughout the season. Additionally, the All-American paced Head Coach Dan Colella's swim squad with 15 points. The Orange and White concluded the day in a sixth-place tie with Arkansas with 118 points, while two-time defending national champion Auburn holds the lead with 389 points.
"After watching Jacque swim the 100y butterfly at the final meet of the season last year, I knew that an exceptional 53 time was possible for her," Colella said. "It is great to see a student-athlete reach their goal. We had some strong swims under the conditions and a lot of lifetime bests. Misty's performance was huge for us and I am proud of her. We just need to keep the ripple effect going through to day three."
The Big Orange opened the day successfully as freshman Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) claimed two points for Tennessee with a 15th-place career-low mark of 4:57.21 in the 500y freestyle, while junior Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) swam the event in 5:23.87 as a non-scoring swimmer.
In the three-meter springboard preliminaries, junior Lauryn McCalley
(Moultrie, Ga.) moved on to the championship final with a 473.95 sequence of
dives to place seventh, while senior Kylee Wells (Russiaville, Ind.) took 18th
place with a 396.95. Freshman Brittany Fulmer (Maryville, Tenn.) closed out
the UT effort in the event with a 372.65 to take 24th-place.
In the 100y butterfly, Fessel swam the second-fastest time in school history to match yesterday's automatic qualifier with another auto today with a fourth-place career-best 53.69 to capture 15 points for Tennessee. The All-American shaved nearly two seconds off her previous best in the event. "I am extremely happy right now," Fessel said. "My performance was not expected. When I hit the wall, looked up and saw my time, I threw my arms everywhere. I felt good today. I swam strong and smooth and was definitely in the zone. My favorite part is that I saw my teammates during the final turn and got really excited. It was fun."
Sophomore Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) almost finished in the points with a 17th-place 55.73, while classmate Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio) took 25th-place with a 57.14. Freshman Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) placed 26th with a career-best 57.27, while sophomore Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) ended up in 32nd place with a 59.42 clocking. In a non-scoring capacity, freshman Sarah Ridgway (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) turned in a 1:03.65.
To close out the individual swimming events of the evening, freshman Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio) picked up nine points for the Lady Vols with a ninth-place 1:04.57 effort in the 100y breaststroke, while junior Kristin McGrath (Durango, Colo.) just missed recording points for the team with a 17th-place 1:09.49.
During the relay portion of the evening, the quartet of sophomore Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio), senior Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa), freshman Meghan Keefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and freshman Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) swam to an eighth-place season-best 3:26.16 in the 400y freestyle relay to gain 22 points for the Big Orange.
McCalley then closed out the day for Diving Coach Dave Parrington's squad with a fifth-place effort in the three-meter final with a 480.45 to add 14 points to Tennessee's coffer.
"I am disappointed in general but am still optimistic," Parrington said. "Lauryn came out tentative during the preliminaries, but was able to get herself into the finals. She just could not get sharp. Overall, the final was not very good and I think that is because of the format. Lauryn just has a few things to work on and she would be in contention to win the event. Kylee struggled a bit and could not finish her dives, while Brittany showed some positive signs. She just needs to gain confidence."
Next up, the Lady Vols return to the Gabrielsen Natatorium at 10:30 a.m., for the third day of the 2004 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.
Tennessee at SEC Swimming and Diving
At Gabrielsen Natatorium (Athens, Ga.)
|UT All-SEC Performers:|
|3rd||1m springboard - Lauryn McCalley||290.00|
|3rd||100y backstroke - Jacque Fessel||54.03|
|UT Individual Point Scorers:|
|UT Relay Point Scorers:|
|24||800y freestyle relay - Elizabeth Christy, Abbi Terveer, Jacque Fessel, Megan Tomes|
|22||400y freestyle relay - Abbi Terveer, Taryn Ternent, Meghan Keefer, MeganTomes|