Nov. 25, 2008
The last week has been kind to Vol swimmer Michael Christy. The sophomore broke three school records and met four NCAA qualifying standards during the Tennessee Swimming Invitational. Because of his outstanding performance in the invite, the Southeastern Conference named Christy the male swimmer of the week Tuesday.
On the first day of last week's competition, Christy swam the second leg of the 800 freestyle relay team that shattered the school record and made an NCAA A-Cut. The relay scored a 6:19.01- a mark that currently leads the SEC and the NCAA.
The second day saw Christy swim through another school record in the 200 individual medley. In a time trial he swam a 1:44.57, which also leads the SEC and NCAA. It also picked up Christy's second NCAA qualifying standard.
Entering the Tennessee Invitational on the third day, Christy had only more to accomplish. After his strong performance in the 200 I.M., he won the 400 I.M. breaking yet another school record with a mark of 3:45.51. The tune is becoming familiar- Christy's time leads the conference and the NCAA. His efforts in the event earned him another NCAA qualifying time.
On the final day of the invite, Christy finished second in 200 backstroke with another NCAA qualifying time at 1:44.39. His time is second in the SEC to senior All-America Nolan Morrell's 1:42.81 and ranks third in NCAA Division I.
Michael Christy hails from Indianapolis, Ind. and attended North Central High School. He is the son of Scott and Lisa Christy and his sister Liz swam for the Lady Vols from 2003-07.
Christy is the third Vol swimmer or diver to receive the athlete of the week distinction this season. Senior Olympian Jonas Persson was named the SEC and CollegeSwimming.com National Swimmer of the Week after the Vols beat Virginia. The previous week, freshman-sensation Ryan Helms was named the SEC Diver and SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance against Kentucky.