Oct. 1, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team displayed its skill on Friday in the Orange and White exhibition meet at the Student Aquatic Center. In an entertaining meet, Team Orange defeated White by a score of 128-107.
"There was a lot of energy and excitement out there today," Lady Vol Head Coach Dan Colella said. "We saw some fairly decent swimming out there and it was good to see where we were at."
The competition included impressive performances by Lady Vol newcomers and returnees alike. Freshman Kaitlyn Orstein (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way for Team Orange, as each took home a pair of event titles. Orstein took home the crown in the 200y individual medley (2:10.21) and the 100y breaststroke (1:05.56), while Tomes earned the wins in the 200y freestyle (1:50.72) and 100y backstroke (56.48).
Newcomer Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.), competing for Team White, set the stage for an impressive year in the distance events, winning both the 500y (4:57.85) and 1000y (10:07.62) freestyles for Team White. Also impressive in her Lady Vol debut was Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) as she won the 100y freestyle for Team Orange
Other event winners included junior All-American Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio). Fessel looked in good form for Team White as she won the 100y butterfly with a time of 58.86 and earned second place in the 100y backstroke (56.48). Terveer got her sprint season off to a good start, taking home the 50y freestyle in a time of 24.37.
The UT divers, meanwhile, appeared ready for another successful campaign under Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington. Senior All-American Lauryn McCalley took
home both the 1m and 3m crowns. In the 1m, McCalley won the event for Team White with a score of 145.20 while taking the title in the 3m with a total of 141.00.
"I was pleased with the effort out there today," Parrington said. "It was a laid back atmosphere, but the spirit, enthusiasm and attitude were excellent. They really
showed off their competitive spirits."
The Lady Vols will officially begin their competitive season in two weeks, when they play host to Richmond on Oct. 16.