Jan. 31, 2004
University of Tennessee Women's Head Coach Dan Colella and Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington's swimming and diving squad pushed the No. 2 Florida Gators but fell in the end, 129-103, at the Student Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., as the Big Orange captured seven of the 13 available event titles. The Lady Vols moved to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while Florida improved to 11-2 overall, 5-2 in the SEC.
"We've been telling the team all week to go into this meet with an open mind," Colella said. "They swam tough against the No. 2-ranked program in the country and did a great job of standing up and racing. [Megan] Tomes was awesome today. She came from behind to win the 200y freestyle and that was a huge effort. Even though we don't like to lose, we can't be totally disappointed. Florida swam all over us last year and they didn't do that to us in this meet."
Parrington's divers opened the meet in fine fashion by amassing 11 points for the Big Orange. Junior Lauryn McCalley (Moultrie, Ga.) posted a season-high 300.97 to capture the one-meter springboard title. Florida followed up with a pair of NCAA Zone B qualifying marks from Nicole Bolt (284.84) and Kristen Connor (281.39). Senior Kylee Wells (Russiaville, Ind.) turned in a qualifier of her own with a fourth-place 257.55, while freshman Brittany Fulmer (Maryville, Tenn.) took sixth with a 222.52.
The Florida quartet of Leah Retrum, Jaime Ellis, Vipa Bernhardt and Mary Uhle captured the event crown with a 1:44.94 clocking in the 200y medley relay. Florida also posted a second-place 1:50.49
by the team of Sara McLarty, Mandy Huff, Danielle Duncan and Christine Woodruff. The Lady Vols finished in third place with a 1:53.46 by junior Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W.Va.), junior Kristin
McGrath (Durango, Colo.), freshman Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) and freshman Sarah Ridgway (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands).
Florida swam well in the individual event opening 1,000y freestyle as Meredith Green took the event title with a 9:53.80, Katie Bell finished in second place with a 9:56.30 and Jamie Tannhauser took third with a 10:02.31. For the Lady Vols, freshman Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) posted a fifth-place 10:26.89, while junior Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) took sixth with an 11:21.07.
In the 200y freestyle, Tomes secured another event title with a 1:49.45 in the 200y freestyle. The 200y free featured three NCAA provisional qualifiers: UT's Tomes, Florida's McLarty (1:49.53) and Brittany Johnson (1:50.09). Freshman Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) took fifth place with a 1:54.65, while freshman Megan Keefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished in seventh with a 1:57.41. Ridgway swam an exhibition 2:05.34 in the event. In the 50y freestyle, UF's Ellis took the title with a 23.70, while Tennessee sophomore Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) took second with a 23.96. UT senior Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa) registered a fourth-place 24.18, while sophomore Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) took sixth place with a 25.35. Blevins swam an exhibition 25.51 in the event.
In the 200y IM, Florida extended its lead by claiming the top-three spots as Bernhardt posted a provisional with a 2:03.23, Ashley Carusone took second with a 2:05.73 and Connor finished in third with a 2:07.05. UT sophomore Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio) recorded a fourth-place finish with a 2:07.55 clocking, while freshman Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio) took fifth with a 2:09.16. Sophomore Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) ended up in seventh with a 2:09.53, while sophomore Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio) turned in a 2:10.24 in exhibition.
The swim squad then took time to watch Parrington's divers take center stage on the three-meter springboard. McCalley hit the ninth-best sequence of dives in the 3m in Tennessee history. McCalley claimed the event title with a season-high 321.52. Florida's Connor took second place with a zone qualifying 275.10, while Bolt finished in third place for the Gators with a 268.05. Wells posted a fourth-place 258.02 in her final dives before a home audience, while Fulmer put together a career-high 213.67 for sixth place.
"I am very pleased with Lauryn's performance today," Parrington said. "She scored well on both events. She was steady against some quality competition and was able to get up for the events. Kylee did some things well and bounced back from a couple tough meets, while Brittany showed more confidence and her scores were not indicative of the good things she did today."
After returning to the swim portion of the schedule, Florida's Rebecca Harper posted a provisional in the 200y butterfly with a 2:01.34 to claim the event title. The Gators captured the top-three spots in the event as Casey Seland took second with a 2:04.62 and Meredith Green finished in third with a 2:06.60. UT's Brockman clocked a fourth-place 2:07.29, while Breece-Rodriguez took sixth with a 2:08.11. Lutz ended up in seventh with a 2:11.79. In the 100y freestyle, Tomes' string of seven straight event triumphs came to an end as Florida's Mary Uhle claimed the event title with a 51.39. Tomes took runner-up status with a 51.73, while Christy finished in fifth with a 53.16. Keefer rounded out the UT effort in the 100y free with a 55.41. In the event, UF's Chantal Gibney (51.87) and Johnson (52.87) finished in third and fourth, respectively.
Florida's Retrum notched an automatic qualifier in the 200y backstroke with a 1:58.00. UT sophomore Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio) turned in a provisional qualifier in a runner-up effort with a 2:00.62. Florida took third and fourth place with Katie McCann (2:04.57) and Kristen Harris (2:04.79). Tennessee's Vogel took fifth place with a 2:07.88, while freshman Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) finished in seventh with a 2:08.92. Breece-Rodriguez swam to a 2:13.56 exhibition mark. In the 500y freestyle, UF's Ball posted a provisional in exhibition, while UT's Cain claimed the event title with a 5:05.64. Wueste took second place with a 5:33.10.
In the 200y breaststroke, Clay captured the event crown with a 2:18.56, while Brockman took second place with a 2:25.81. McGrath clocked a third-place 2:38.38 to round out the Tennessee showing in the 200y breast. Tennessee closed out the meet by claiming the top-two spots in the 200y freestyle relay as the quartet of Terveer, Ternent, Christy and Tomes posted a 1:34.69. The team of Keefer, Athayde, Blevins and Fessel captured second with a 1:39.91, while Ridgway, Yeager, Lutz and Vogel exhibitioned to a 1:42.40.
Next up for the Lady Vols, Tennessee closes out the dual meet season against Ohio State in the Peppe Aquatic Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 8, at 1 p.m.