Nov. 20, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga.-- The No. 23 Lady Vol swimming and diving team maintained its position of second place after day two of the Georgia Tech Invitational ended Saturday evening. The Big Orange enters the final day with 545 points, trailing only No. 3 Florida.
"We were pleased with tonight's performance," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "This meet is a good opportunity for a dry run of the SEC Championships, with the three-day event and prelims and finals. Tomorrow will be a real test but we feel that we will be up to the task."
The evening session kicked off with the 200y medley relay. UT's quartet of Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kaitlyn Orstein (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) swam very well, finishing in a time of 1:44.65 en route to a second-place showing. Right behind them was Tennessee's second entrant in the event, comprising of Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.), Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio). They touched the wall in 1:47.14 to earn an additional 32 points.
Next up in the pool were the 400y IMers. Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio), competing in the top-eight finals, finished in a time of 4:35.27 to take sixth place and pick up 13 points. In the consolation finals, Clay came away victorious with a final clocking of 4:32.70. She earned nine points for her efforts. Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) had a runner-up showing in the bonus finals, turning in a time of 4:40.46.
Fessel and Magnuson then took center stage for the 100y butterfly. In a very tight race, the All-American claimed second place with a time of 56.48 while the freshman wound up in fourth place on the strength of a 56.76 clocking. Overall, the duo netted 32 points for the Orange and White. A trio of Lady Vols hit the water next in the consolation finals, as Athayde, Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) and Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) finished in 59.04, 59.26, and 1:01.32, respectively, netting six points.
The freestylers then hit the water for the 200y event. Tomes, who has already posted an NCAA "B" cut this year, lowered her qualifying time to 1:49.69, a season-best marker. The time propelled the Ohio native to a third-place finish. Meanwhile, Magnuson finished in a personal-best time of 1:51.80, claiming 14 points and fifth place. Terveer, competing in the bonus heat, also established a personal-best time. She earned runner-up status, finishing in 1:55.80. Brockman was right behind her, touching the wall in 1:55.84.
Clay and freshman Sallye Hartman (Gates, Tenn.) were next up for the Big Orange, this time for the 100y breaststroke. The pair of Big Orange swimmers picked up 28 points, as Clay earned third place with a time of 1:05.46 and Hartman took seventh, in a personal-best time of 1:07.21.
The final individual swimming event on the night was the 100y backstroke. UT continued to score, as Fessel took home another second-place showing. The Ohio native had a final marker of 56.60. Teammate Tomes claimed third place, finishing in 57.69. In the consolation finals, Christy picked up the victory, turning in a final marker of 59.11. Senior Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W. Va.) also did well in the heat, picking up three points as she touched the wall in 1:00.12. In the bonus finals, Danyelle Vincent (Rohnert Park, Calif.) and Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) represented Rocky Top, finishing in 1:01.22 and 1:02.02, respectively.
The divers then took center stage, for the one-meter event. Freshman Lauren LeRoy (Oshkosh, Wis.) had a sixth-place finish on the strength of 244 points while Brittany Fulmer (Maryville, Tenn.) finished in 12th place with 217.80 points.
In the 800y freestyle relay, the final event on the night, Magnuson, Fessel, Christy and Tomes finished in fourth place, in a time of 7:36.08. The marker bested the pool's record coming into the event. Also swimming in the finals was Tennessee's "B" team, which claimed 10th place. Brockman, Terveer, Blevins and Laura Fehrman (St. Charles, Ill.) touched the wall in 7:50.82. The final UT relay squad in the event, made up of Sarah Ridgway (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), Cain, Lutz, and Yeager finished in 8:00.94, taking 14th.
The meet finishes up on Sunday with two more sessions. The Georgia Tech Invitational marks the final fall even of the fall season for the Orange and White. The divers will return to action at the Georgia Diving Invitational from January 3-5 and then join the rest of the squad in Evanston, Ill. on January 8th for a dual-meet against Northwestern.
Sunday's Order of Events
400 Freestyle Relay (evening session only)
|7.||Kentucky||47 (divers only)|
|8.||Georgia||32 (divers only)|