Nov. 6, 2004
Lafayette, Ind. -- The 18th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team concluded competition at the Purdue Invitational on Saturday, finishing in eighth place. UT had another solid performance in the final session of the meet, posting an automatic and a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships.
"We finished up with a great final session," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "The miles were particularly great to start off the evening. It was a season-best time for Misty Cain and, of course, Julia Stowers winning the event and getting the "A" cut was pretty awesome. We just had some great swims across the board and we're real proud of the way everyone performed. We're excited about the season and what is store for the rest of this year."
The final session began with the 1,650y freestyle. Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.) was in dominant form in her premier event, winning the race in a blazing time of 16:17.07. Her time automatically qualified the Tennessee native for the NCAA Championships. It ranks as the fifth-fastest time in school history and places her as the second-fastest Lady Vol swimmer in program history. Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) also swam well in the event, finishing in 17th place with a time of 17:09.31
Next up in the pool was the 200y backstroke. All-American Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) clocked a provisional qualifying time of 2:00.07, finishing in fourth place. The effort netted the Big Orange 15 points. 2003 NCAA qualifier Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) also finished in the scoring column for UT with nine points and a career-best time of 2:02.18. The marker places Tomes as the 13th-fastest Lady Vol in program history. Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) also swam in the event, taking 26th and 27th, respectively.
The freestylers then took to the water for the 100y event. Freshman Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) notched four points for UT with a 13th-place showing. The freshman finished in 52.22. Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) claimed 17th place while Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W. Va.) and Laura Fehrman (St. Charles, Ill.) finished in 30th and 32nd places.
In the 200y breaststroke, Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio) took home a fourth-place finish on the strength of a 2:19.15 final time. Freshman Kaitlyn Orstein (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished tied for 17th, while Sallye Hartman (Gates, Tenn.) and Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) finished back-to-back, in 29th and 30th.
The final individual swimming event on the night was the 200y butterfly. A trio of Lady Vols competed, with Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) taking 26th, Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) finishing 27th and Cain claiming 30th.
The Big Orange then hit the water for the last event of the Invitational, the 400y freestyle relay. The quartet of Terveer, Magnuson, Orstein and Tomes finished in eighth place with a time of 3:27.40, earning 22 points for the Big Orange. The other UT relay squad swimming in the event also netted points with a 15th-place finish. The group, comprised of Christy, Fessel, Fehrman and Blevins, finished in 3:33.65.
The Lady Vols will now enjoy a two-week break, before returning to action at the Georgia Tech Invitational from Nov. 19-21.
SESSION ONE RECAP
The number 18-ranked Lady Vol swimming and diving team had another solid session at the Purdue Invitational on Saturday. UT maintained its position of seventh place on the strength of three NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
"We had some real standouts again," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "Jacque Fessel did a real nice job in 100 fly and 100 back and I'm excited about those performances. The 200y medley relay did a good job, posting one of the fastest times this season. Julia Stowers, swimming the 400y IM, put together a nice swim. Overall, we were pleased and hopefully we can finish up tonight with some real fine performances. It's been a great meet and a good productive weekend so far."
The second session kicked off with the 200y medley relay. The quartet of All-American Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) notched 22 points for the Big Orange with an eighth-place showing, finishing in a time of 1:45.88. The other UT relay in the event also scored points, taking 16th place with a time of 1:50.41. That group was comprised of Danyelle Vincent (Rohnert Park, Calif.), Sallye Hartman (Gates, Tenn.), Julia Lutz (Liburn, Ga.) and Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W. Va.).
After the relay, the individuals took over the pool with the 400y IM. Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.) continued her strong performance at the Invitational, with a provisional qualifying time of 4:23.56. The time was good for eighth place and placed the Tennessee native as the ninth-fastest Lady Vol swimmer in program history. Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) both competed in the 400y IM as well, taking 30th and 31st place.
The Big Orange then turned its attention to the 100y butterfly. Fessel continue to swim well, picking up 12 additional points for UT, clocking a time of 56.73 to take seventh place. She was joined by Lutz in the scoring column, who earned 13th place with a time of 57.20, en route to picking up four points. Athayde and Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) also swam in the event, finishing in 27th, and 31st, respectively.
Next up in the pool were the freestylers, for the 200y free. Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a NCAA "B" cut, with a time of 1:50.75 as she finished in 12th place, earning 12 points. Also representing the Big Orange were Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.), Terveer, and Sarah Ridgway (St. Croix, Virgin Islands). The trio earned 27th, 30th and 32nd place, respectively.
The Invitational then moved on to the 100y breaststroke. Orstein just missed the provisional qualifying mark of 1:03.86, as she finished in 1:03.99. However, that time earned her a fourth-place showing and netted UT 15 points. It also placed her as the ninth-fastest Lady Vol swimmer in program history. Meanwhile, Clay earned seven points with a 10th-place finish, turning in a time of 1:05.19. Hartman and Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) also swam in the event, finishing in 29th and 31st place.
In the final individual swimming event, the 100y backstroke, Fessel continued her strong day for the Big Orange. The Ohio native finished tied for fifth place, with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 56.06 to earn 13.5 points. Tomes picked up another six points for the Orange and White, with an 11th-place showing. Two additional Lady Vol swimmers saw action in the event, with Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) taking 21st and Vincent earning 29th.
All of the attention then was turned to the divers, who took center stage for the three-meter event. UT, competing without All-American Lauryn McCalley (Moultrie, Ga.). picked up two points in the event. Brittany Fulmer (Maryville, Tenn.) took 14th place, earning 2 points while Lauren LeRoy (Oshkosh, Wis.) claimed 17th place.
"We didn't quite perform as well as we did yesterday," Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "However, there were still some positives. The biggest thing is able to compete in a strong diving event."
The session then concluded with the 800y freestyle relay. The quartet of Stowers, Orstein, Magnuson and Tomes clocked a time of 7:28.32, taking sixth place and picking up 26 points. The second Lady Vol relay squad in the event, comprised of Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio), Christy, Laura Fehrman (St. Charles, Ill.) and Yeager, earned four points as they took 15th place in a time of 7:48.68.
The final session is set to begin at 6 p.m.
The Lady Vols will then enjoy a two week break, before returning to action at Georgia Tech Invitational, Nov. 19-21.