March 19, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind..- University of Tennessee swimmer Julia Stowers claimed seventh place in the 1650y freestyle to become a three-time All-American as the 2005 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships concluded Saturday evening. The senior turned in a record-setting swim to pick up the 11th overall certificate at the national meet for the Big Orange.
"It is a real fitting end to her collegiate career," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "To break two school records concludes a great year for her and it's great to see her go out in this fashion. It was a nice closing to a weekend of competition."
The Knoxville, Tenn., native, in her final career collegiate swim, saved the best for last. She blazed to a school-record clocking of 16:07.57 to bring home the program's 17th top-16 finish in the event and first since 1999. Additionally, she toppled the school standard (9:48.29) in the 1000y freestyle by almost five seconds with a split time of 9:43.43.
Stowers' effort netted UT 12 points to conclude its total at 32 for the national meet and propelled the Lady Vols to a tie for 24th-place. It is the 10th top-25 showing out of the past 12 years for Colella and Assistant Coach Jamie Bloom's squad.
Tennessee's 11 All-America laurels claimed at the championships are the most since 1999 when the team brought home 12. Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Stowers led the way with three each while Jacque Fessel, (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) each earned two. Additionally, Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio) snared one certificate to ensure all five orange-clad qualifiers were honored as All-Americans. For Fessel, her career total now stands at five as she enters her senior season.
Moreover, Tennessee broke five school records. The 100y backstroke, 400y medley relay, 800y freestyle relay, 1000y freestyle and 1650y freestyle all fell. The 100y back, 400y medley relay, 1000y free and 1650y free had been brought down at the Southeastern Conference Championships last month while the 800y free relay standard had stood since 1989.
With the season now at an end, the Lady Vols can start turning their attention to next year. With four returning All-Americans in Clay, Fessel, Magnuson and Tomes, a solid core group of veterans and yet another stellar recruiting class, the Big Orange should enjoy an even more successful campaign in 2005-06.
|Tennessee All-America Performers:|
|7th||1650y Freestyle||Julia Stowers||(16:07.57)|
|11th||800y Freestyle Relay||Christine Magnuson||(7:16.75)|
|11th||800y Freestyle Relay||Julia Stowers||(7:16.75)|
|11th||800y Freestyle Relay||Jacque Fessel||(7:16.75)|
|11th||800y Freestyle Relay||Megan Tomes||(7:16.75)|
|14th||500y Freestyle||Julia Stowers||(4:45.69)|
|15th||400y Medley Relay||Jacque Fessel||(3:41.43)|
|15th||400y Medley Relay||Tiffany Clay||(3:41.43)|
|15th||400y Medley Relay||Christine Magnuson||(3:41.43)|
|15th||400y Medley Relay||Megan Tomes||(3:41.43)|
|16th||200y IM||Megan Tomes||(2:01.58)|
|Tennessee Point Scorers|
|12||800y Freestyle Relay|
|4||400y Medley Relay|
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 22 Lady Vol swimming team is entering the final night of competition at the 2005 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after Saturday's preliminary session concluded.
Up first on the day was the 100y backstroke. Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) clocked the seventh-fastest swim in school history, 1:57.99, to finish in 18th place. The season-best marker was a mere .27 seconds in back of advancing the junior to the consolation final. She had entered the meet with the 24th-quickest qualifying time.
Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) then took to the water for the 100y freestyle. Magnuson stopped the clock at 50.61 to take 41st while the sophomore claimed 51st, touching the wall at 50.99. The times were the fourth and eighth-best on the year.
In the 200y breaststroke, Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio) had a solid performance in her second straight appearance in the event at the national level. The sophomore posted the second-fastest time on the season, 2:17.70, to earn a 32-place showing. It improved upon her 38th-place finish in the 200m breaststroke a year ago.
On tap this evening are the finals in the 200y backstroke, 100y freestyle, 200y breaststroke, 200y butterfly, platform diving and 400y freestyle relay. Also, the 1650y freestyle will be held throughout the afternoon, with the final heat slated at 7:30 p.m. Senior Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.), who enters with the sixth-best time in the nation will compete for the Big Orange.
Tennessee All-America Performers:
11th 800y Freestyle Relay Christine Magnuson (7:16.75)
11th 800y Freestyle Relay Julia Stowers (7:16.75)
11th 800y Freestyle Relay Jacque Fessel (7:16.75)
11th 800y Freestyle Relay Megan Tomes (7:16.75)
14th 500y Freestyle Julia Stowers (4:45.69)
15th 400y Medley Relay Jacque Fessel (3:41.43)
15th 400y Medley Relay Tiffany Clay (3:41.43)
15th 400y Medley Relay Christine Magnuson (3:41.43)
15th 400y Medley Relay Megan Tomes (3:41.43)
16th 200y IM Megan Tomes (2:01.58)
Tennessee Point Scorers
12- 800y Freestyle Relay
4- 400y Medley Relay
3- Julia Stowers
1- Megan Tomes