Jan. 9, 2006

SEC Swimming & Diving Championships Central

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee has released the schedule for the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. This year's league meet will be hosted at the UT Student Aquatic Center (SAC) from Feb. 15-18.

The UT Student Aquatic Center was financed and constructed through the usage of student funds in 1967. It is no stranger to major events, as there have been no fewer than eight major regional or national events since its opening. The venue has played host to seven previous SEC Championships (1968, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1986, 1988 and 1996), as well as the 1973 NCAA Championships and the groundbreaking dual meet between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1982.

In addition, the SAC housed U.S. Olympic training in 1972, 1980 and 1996. An enthusiastic crowd numbering in the thousands turned out in the summer of 1996 for an open workout, as the U.S. men's and women's Olympic squads prepared for the Atlanta Games. After reviewing five prospective facilities, the Site Selection Committee of the Olympic International Division selected UT's facility on the basis of environment, total facilities and proximity to Atlanta.

The 2006 SEC Championships will serve as the final major meet held in the SAC, as groundbreaking for a new state-of-the-art venue, the Allan Jones Aquatic Center, took place on Oct. 29, 2005. Completion date is targeted for December 2007.

During the past few decades, the SEC has been a consistent force in swimming and diving. In 2005, Auburn brought home the NCAA men's championship, while Georgia claimed the women's title. Individually, SEC student-athletes captured 28 individual crowns. Moreover, since 1982, league teams have finished in the NCAA top 10 a combined 61 times.

Tickets are available by calling the UT ticket office at 865-656-1200. For adults, an all-sessions pass may be purchased for $50, while championship single-session passes are $18 and prelim single-session tickets are $12. Youth tickets, for those younger than 18, are $20 for an all-session pass, with championship single-session passes set at $8 and prelim single-session passes available for $5.

The schedule for the four-day meet is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006
Preliminary Competition
Noon200y Medley Relay - Time Trial
800y Freestyle Relay - Time Trial
1 p.m.Women's One-Meter Diving prelims
3 p.m.Men's Three-Meter Diving prelims
Finals Competition
5 p.m.Women's One-Meter Diving finals
6 p.m.200y Medley Relay - Timed Final
Men's Three-Meter Diving finals
800y Freestyle Relay - Timed Final
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006
Preliminary Competition
10 a.m.500y Freestyle
200y IM
50y Freestyle
200y Freestyle Relay - Time Trial
1 p.m.Men's One-Meter Diving prelims
2:45 p.m.Women's Three-Meter Diving prelims
Finals Competition
5 p.m.Men's One-Meter Diving finals
6 p.m.500y Freestyle Final
200y IM Final
50y Freestyle Final
Women's Three-Meter Diving finals
200y Freestyle Relay - Timed Final
Friday, Feb. 17, 2006
Preliminary Competition
10 a.m.400y IM
100y Butterfly
200y Freestyle
100y Breaststroke
100y Backstroke
400y Medley Relay - Time Trial
1 p.m.Men's Platform Diving prelims
Finals Competition
6 p.m.400y IM Final
100y Butterfly Final
200y Freestyle Final
100y Breaststroke Final
100y Backstroke Final
Men's Platform Diving Final
400y Medley Relay - Timed Final
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006
Preliminary Competition
10 a.m.200y Backstroke
100y Freestyle
200y Breaststroke
200y Butterfly
400y Freestyle Relay - Time Trial
1650y Freestyle - Timed Finals, Fastest seeded heat at night
1 p.m.Women's Platform Diving prelims
Finals Competition
6 p.m.1650y Freestyle Final (fastest seeded heat)
200y Backstroke Final
100y Freestyle Final
200y Breaststroke Final
200y Butterfly Final
Women's Platform Diving Final
400y Freestyle Relay - Timed Finals

* Events are both men's and women's at scheduled time, unless otherwise noted.





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