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LADY VOLS CORRAL SEVEN OF EIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP CROWNS IN DAY TWO OF HOUSTON INVITATIONAL
UT did well on the diving boards including a 3 meter title for Lauryn McCalley.

UT did well on the diving boards including a 3 meter title for Lauryn McCalley.

Nov. 21, 2003

HOUSTON, Texas

University of Tennessee Women's Head Swimming Coach Dan Colella and Diving Coach Dave Parrington's swimming and diving squad continued to consume mass quantities of championship hardware as the Lady Vols corralled seven of the eight available event titles during the second day of action in the Houston Invitational at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium in Houston, Texas.

"We came back after a pretty flat preliminary session to have people step up and do a great job tonight," Colella said. "We had a lot of outstanding performances. I am looking forward to the third day of competition tomorrow. I am also real impressed with what I have been seeing and am excited about many of the great performances."

UT opened the championship heats on day two by taking the 400y medley relay title as sophomore Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), sophomore Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) and freshman Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) clocked a 3:51.34. Tennessee's other unit comprised of senior Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa), sophomore Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio), and classmates Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) took third with a 3:59.67. Swimming in exhibition, junior Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W.Va.), sophomore Danielle Lundy (Austell, Ga.) and rookies Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) and Meghan Keefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) turned in a 4:02.38. In the second relay event, Fessel, Clay, Athayde and Tomes claimed the 200y medley relay title with a 1:45.08, while Ternent, Lundy, Lutz and Terveer took runner-up status with a 1:47.30.

 

 

The Big Orange suffered its lone setback of the Houston Invitational so far in the 400y IM as Cougar Szintia Szanto took the title with a 4:25.06, while Brockman took second with a 4:28.91 clocking. Clay finished in third with a 4:30.84, while freshman Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) clocked a fifth-place 4:38.68. UT got back to its winning ways in the 200y freestyle as Tomes turned in a 1:51.79, while freshman Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) took third place with a 1:53.52. Terveer recorded a 1:55.91 en route to a fifth-place finish, while freshman Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) placed seventh with a 1:58.74. In the consolation heat of the 200y free, Keefer tied for third place with a 1:57.85, while Blevins finished in fifth place with a 1:59.38. Junior Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) and freshman Sarah Ridgway (St. Croix Virgin Islands) took seventh and eighth, respectively.

Clay continue the Lady Vols' successful ways in the 100y breaststroke with a 1:04.49 event-title winner, while Brockman clocked a 1:07.05 to take third place. Lundy closed out UT's performances in the event with a 1:07.31 time to finish in fourth place. In the 100y backstroke, Fessel narrowly missed adding a provisional qualifying time with a 56.38 to take the title, while Christy swam a 59.03 en route to third-place honors. Ternent clocked a 59.65 to take fourth, while Blevins (1:01.24) and Yeager (1:01.47) took sixth and seventh place, respectively.

As for Parrington's divers, junior Lauryn McCalley (Moultrie, Ga.) seized another event title with a 513.65 in the three-meter diving competition, while senior Kylee Wells (Russiaville, Ind.) posted an NCAA Zone B Qualifying Score with a 431.10 to take sixth place.

"I am very pleased with Lauryn's score," Parrington said. "As far as she is concerned, this is probably the highest score she has had at this time of the season before. She is doing this against a pretty darn good field of divers. Kylee is struggling a little bit, but the positive thing is that she earned her NCAA Zone B Qualifying Score. The result gets the pressure off of her. That means we can press ahead from here on out."

To conclude the day's swimming battles, Tennessee took first and third place in the 800y freestyle relay as Christy, Fessel, Terveer and Tomes combined to claim the title with a 7:38.17, while Brockman, Cain, Keefer and Lutz took third with a 7:51.93.

Next up for the Lady Vols, the squad concludes the meet with another round of events on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

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