The Lady Vols captured three of the top four places in the 100y butterfly.
Nov. 20, 2003
University of Tennessee Women's Head Swimming Coach Dan Colella and Diving Coach Dave Parrington's swimming and diving squad dominated first-day action in the Houston Invitational at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium in Houston, Texas. The squad swept all seven event titles available, including both relay races.
UT opened the championship heats by narrowly missing a provisional qualifying time in the 200y freestyle relay as sophomore Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio), senior Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa), freshman Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) and classmate Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) claimed the initial event title of the day with a 1:34.03. Tennessee's other unit comprised of junior Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W.Va.), sophomore Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), freshman Meghan Keefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) took second with a 1:38.27.
In the individual events, Fessel beat out Houston's Szintia Szanto in the 100y butterfly by a mere 2.5 tenths of a second with a 56.56 clocking, while sophomore Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) took third with a 57.46 and classmate Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio) took fourth with a 58.30. Athayde captured the consolation crown with a 58.56, while freshman Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) came in second in that heat with a 58.95 and Keefer finished in seventh with a 1:01.70. Freshman Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) took the 500y freestyle title with a 5:00.24 effort, while sophomore Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio) took fourth with a 5:07.82 clocking. Vogel (5:12.50) and Lutz (5:17.52) closed out UT's performance in the 500y free with seventh and eighth place finishes, respectively, while junior Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) took fourth in the consolation heat.
Meanwhile, Tomes controlled the 200y IM field with a first-place 2:06.39. Christy took second in the event with a 2:07.81 clocking, while Brockman took fourth in a 2:08.53 time. Freshman Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio) took fifth in 2:09.45, while Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) rounded out Tennessee's effort in the 200y IM with a sixth-place 2:11.25. Later in the 50y freestyle championship final, Terveer out-dueled teammate Ternent by four one-hundredths of a second to win the title with a 23.90 as Ternent earned runner-up status with a 23.94. Christy (24.31) and Blevins (24.58) finished in fourth and fifth, respectively. In the consolation heat, Keefer came in first with a 24.99, while Athayde clocked a 25.13 to end the race in third.
As for Parrington's divers, junior Lauryn McCalley (Moultrie, Ga.) continued to showcase her abilities by seizing the one-meter diving title with a 305.20, which was more than 30 points better than the second-place competitor: Mandy Moran of Arkansas. Senior Kylee Wells (Russiaville, Ind.) placed fifth with a 250.85.
In the final event of the evening, the Big Orange smoked the competition by six-and-a-half seconds in the 400y medley relay. The team of Fessel, Clay, Breece-Rodriguez and Tomes claimed the crown with a 3:51.34 clocking, while Ternent, Brockman, Athayde and Terveer came in third with a 3:59.67.
Next up for the Lady Vols, the squad continues the Houston Invitational on Friday at 10 a.m. CT. with preliminary heats prior to another 6 p.m. final session before concluding the meet with another round of events on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.