Jan. 10, 2005
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 23 Lady Vol swimming and diving team bounced back from its loss at Northwestern on Saturday, defeating SEC foe Arkansas on Monday, 121-111. UT dominated the meet, winning seven of the first 11 events, before swimming the final two events exhibition.
"Coming off our performances on Saturday night, it was great to come down to Fayetteville really swim well," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "We had a few individuals sick that were, so everyone rose to the occasion. We were swimming extremely fast. The team was relaxed, enjoying themselves and having fun on the sideline. We are just really pleased with the performances from this weekend."
The meet kicked off with the 200y medley relay, an event which UT would use to lay the foundation for a successful day. The quartet of Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) clocked a time of 1:45.39 to take home first place. It was the third-fastest time this year for the Big Orange. Right behind them was the Big Orange tandem made of Danyelle Vincent (Rohnert Park, Calif.), Sallye Hartman (Gates, Tenn.), Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Laura Fehrman (St. Charles, Ill.), who finished in 1:49.86, picking up four points and giving UT the early 15-2 lead.
Next up in the pool were the freestylers, for the 1,000 yard event. Senior Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.) put on a show for the spectators, as she won in a time of 9:52.35, which shattered the Arkansas Natatorium record of 10:01.04 set in 2003. Arkansas' Whitney Lynn, the previous record holder, claimed second place though Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) and Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) were close behind and brought home third and fourth, respectively, extending the Lady Vol advantage to 29-6.
Stowers was not done, though, as less than five minutes later the Knoxville native hit the pool again for the 200y freestyle. Not only did she win, but the time of 1:50.83 provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships. Magnuson just missed out on joining her, though she did set a personal record en route to the second-place showing. Sarah Ridgeway (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) held on to fourth place with a time of 1:59.48 to pick up two additional points. After just three events, Tennessee had set the tone for the meet, as it had jumped out to the commanding 44-10 lead.
Arkansas would close the margin slightly in the 50y freestyle, as Zsuzsa Csobanki won the event. However, Senior Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W. Va.) set a PR with a time of 24.26 to take second, and Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) snared third place with a time of 24.54 in her first action all year in 50y free. Hartman became the third Lady Vol scorer in the event, earning fifth place in a PR time of 24.90. Heading into the 200y IM, the score now stood, 52-21, in favor of Team Orange.
Determined not to let the Lady Razorbacks crawl back into the meet, UT claimed three of the top four slots in the event. Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) cruised to the victory, winning by more than four seconds. Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio) and Clay notched third and fourth-place showings, helping UT increase the lead to 66-25.
The divers then took center stage for the one-meter event. Lauren LeRoy (Oshkosh, Wis.) performed well, taking second place with a total of 249.15. Teammate Brittany Fulmer held on for third place, finishing with a score of 226.50. With just seven events remaining, Tennessee was in complete control, as they now led 73-37.
"Very happy with the way the divers performed," Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "I'm also happy with their progress."
The Lady Vols would not let up, however, as Magnuson used another PR to claim the title in the 100y butterfly. She finished in 56.31, besting her previous time of 56.57. Also scoring points for the Big Orange were Athayde, who picked up three points and Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), who snagged additional point to make the score 86-43.
In the 100y freestyle, Tomes became the second UT swimmer to post an NCAA provisional qualifying time, as the sophomore finished in 51.04 to top the field. Blevins took home points for the Big Orange for the second time on the day, this time with a third-place finish while Christy bagged two points as she took fourth. Fehrman set a PR in the event with a time of 53.92, good enough for fifth place. UT's solid performance in the event had inched the Orange and White closer to victory, as the Lady Vols now led the Lady' Backs, 100-48.
In the 100y backstroke, UA would try to stage a rally, as it took home first place. However, Stowers and Vincent locked up second and third place, respectively, pushing UT even closer toward the win. With just four events remaining, a Lady Vol win was imminent, as the advantage now stood at 107-60.
Next up in the pool were the 500y freestylers. UA's Lynn claimed her first title of the day though Cain, Lutz and Ridgeway finished two-three-four- to equal Lynn's nine points and make the score, 116-68, in favor of UT.
The Big Orange would then turn to its divers to lock up the victory, and they would not fail. LeRoy claimed second place, while Fulmer finished fifth. The five points brought UT's total to 121 on the day and officially put the meet away.
However, even with the victory secure, the Lady Vols would continue to swim hard. Clay, Hartman and Brockman, all swimming exhibition, touched the wall first, second and third in the 100y breaststroke. Arkansas picked up 13 points, putting the score at 121-96.
The meet would then come to a close with the 200y freestyle relay. Tennessee, again swimming exhibition, touched the wall first as Terveer, Christy, Blevins and Tomes finished in a time of 1:36.48, the fourth-fastest time on the year. UA picked up an additional 15 points, to make the final tally 121-111.
The Lady Vols will now return home to Knoxville and play host to LSU and Virginia on Saturday with "Senior Day." The meet is scheduled to begin at noon.