Oct. 29, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 17th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team defeated the University of Kentucky, 133-110, on Friday at the Student Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. UT used a first and second-place showing in the final event of the meet, the 400y freestyle relay, to seal the win. The Big Orange improved to 2-0 (1-0 SEC) while Kentucky fell to 1-1 (0-1 SEC).
"We knew going into it that it was going to be a close meet," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "Even though at points it looked like we were starting to pull away, we knew there was a potential they would get back into and sure enough they did, with a great performance in the breaststroke. But we felt we were in a good position and we did what we needed to do in the 400y free."
The 400y medley relay squad of Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kaitlyn Orstein (Pittsburgh, Pa.), All-American Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) got the meet off to a solid start for the Big Orange, finishing in with a time of 3:47.67, narrowly edging out UK's squad (3:47.70). Tomes and Orstein also had success individually on the night. Both qualified provisionally in the 200y IM, en route to a one-two finish. Tomes won the event with a time of 2:03.15, while Orstein claimed second place with a time of 2:04.19. The freshman is now the 13th-fastest Lady Vol Swimmer in program history in the 200y IM. Tomes also took home the title in the 100y freestyle, clocking a time of 51.83.
Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.) continued her early dominance on the year, winning three events. In the 500y freestyle, she provisionally qualified for the NCAA
Championships with a time of 4:50.79. Meanwhile, in the 1000y freestyle, the Tennessee native blazed to a time of 9:56.59, which ranks her as the fifth-fastest Lady Vol
in the history of the program. She was also victorious in the 200y freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:51.54, just missing the provisional qualifying mark of 1:50.83.
Fessel also picked up an individual win, claiming the 200y backstroke with a final clocking of 2:02.42.
Diving coach Dave Parrington's group was without the services of All-American Lauryn McCalley (Moultrie, Ga.), leaving the Big Orange with just two divers, Brittany Fulmer (Maryville, Tenn.) and Lauren LeRoy (Oshkosh, Wis.). LeRoy earned four points on the night for UT, taking fifth-place in both the one and three-meter boards, with Fulmer right behind her in sixth place.
"Diving without our senior co-captain hindered our efforts on the boards this evening, but I'm still particularly happy with some of the things I saw out there," Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "Lauren (LeRoy) is making some adjustments and changes in the heat of the competition. Brittany (Fulmer) put in a great effort today, she's battling an injury and I didn't even know if she would compete."
Next up for UT is a trip to Lafayette, Ind., for the Purdue Invitational from Nov. 5-6.