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RECORDS CONTINUE TO FALL AT SEC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR NO. 22 LADY VOLS
Megan Tomes

Megan Tomes

Feb. 17, 2005

Final Stats

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In an exciting night of action at the Southeastern Conference swimming championships, the quartet of All-American Jacque Fessel, Tiffany Clay, Christine Magnuson and Megan Tomes set a school record for the second straight day, this time in the 400y medley relay. Additionally, Tomes turned in an outstanding individual effort in the 200y IM to claim fourth place while senior Julia Stowers claimed 14th in the 500y freestyle.

"I'm real proud of Megan Tomes in the 200y IM," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "Although it was a little bit slower than this morning it was still a great performance. It should get her real excited not only for the rest of this meet but also for the NCAAs.

"Everyone is real excited about the team breaking another school record in the 400y medley relay," Colella said. "We had some great swims in that as Christine Magnuson went 53.3 in the fly and Megan Tomes anchored with 49.6.

"After tonight's performances, we're definitely looking forward to all of our swims tomorrow," Colella said. "It should be a big day for us because we have a lot more scoring potential."

Competing in the first SEC championship final of her career, Tomes showed no jitters as she touched the wall in 1:59.09 to grab Team Orange 15 valuable points. Although she is just in her second year on Rocky Top, the Ohio native has established herself as one of the most elite swimmers in program history in the 200y IM as she eclipsed the two-minute barrier for the second straight race. To put this into perspective, no other Lady Vol swimmer has ever touched in under two minutes and one second.

 

 

In the 400y medley relay, the time of 3:41.59 toppled the previous school mark set at last year's SEC Championships by more than one second and propelled the Lady Vols to a fifth-place showing. UT snagged 28 points for their effort. Stowers also picked up an additional three points in the 500y freestyle as she turned in a final marker of 4:49.45 to notch sixth in the consolation finals and 14th overall.

As far as team scoring, UT remains in ninth place although the Orange and White is starting to climb the ladder and will look to make a big push on Friday.

On tap Friday in the league meet are the 400y IM, 100y butterfly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, 100y backstroke and 200y freestyle relay. The championships conclude on Saturday with the 200y backstroke, 100y freestyle, 200y breaststroke, 200y butterfly, 400y freestyle relay and 1650y freestyle all on the slate. Morning sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with evening races slated to start at 5:30 p.m.

Upon conclusion of the SECs, the Orange and White will swim in the Bulldog Invite Feb. 26-27. The NCAA Zone Qualified divers will compete in the Zone Championships scheduled March 11-13 while the NCAA Championships will take place March 17-19.

Team Scores
1.Georgia314
2.Florida273
3.Auburn256
4.Kentucky204
5.South Carolina155
6.Alabama127
7.LSU112
8.Arkansas99
9.Tennessee76

Tennessee Scorers
800y Freestyle Relay28 points
200y Medley Relay28 points
Megan Tomes15 points
Julia Stowers3 points
Lauren LeRoy2 points


TOMES PUNCHES TICKET TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore swimmer Megan Tomes punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in the 200y IM during preliminary action of the Southeastern Conference swimming championships on Thursday morning, posting the second-fastest time in the nation. She touched the wall in 1:58.45 which shattered her school record in the event (2:01.07) and qualifies her for the evening's finals. Julia Stowers will also swim tonight as she advanced in the 500y freestyle.

"In terms of our scoring potential, we knew it would be kind of light today," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "We have a lot of opportunities to score the next two days. However, we did see number of lifetime bests this morning which everybody is excited about will spur us on to some great swims tonight and the rest of the event.

"Obviously the highlight of the morning was Megan's (Tomes) 200y IM," Colella said. "We have been working on that for about two years to put it together and that was almost perfect."

Tomes' time also set the pool record at the Stephen C. O'Connell, although it would be short lived as Auburn's Olympic bronze medalist Kirsty Coventry finished in 1:56.45 to reset the record in the final heat. Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio) swam extremely well for the Orange and White, setting a personal-best mark with a time of 2:06.98 to finish 24th. Elizabeth Chisty (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished in 26th in 2:08.82, just missing out on her season low. Completing the quartet of Lady Vol sophomores in the event was Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), who blazed to a career-low time of 2:09.29 to notch 27th.

In the 500y freestyle, Stowers led the way for the Orange and White as she clocked a time of 4:48.48 for a 12th-place showing which advances the senior to this evening's consolation finals. Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) swam a career-best time of 4:57.13 to claim 20th, just missing out on joining Stowers in the finals. Sophomore Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) and senior Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga) also turned in their best performances at the collegiate level, finishing in times of 5:12.35 and 5:22.57, respectively. Lutz placed 36th while Wueste came in at 38th.Sarah Ridgway (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) swam exhibition but also had a career best, finishing in 5:17.81.

The sprinters then hit the pool for the final event of the morning's preliminaries, the 50y freestyle. Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) swam a season-low time of 23.82 to place 21st. Senior Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W. Va.) continued the trend of career-best performances as she notched a time 23.99, marking the first time that she has ever broken the 24-second barrier en route to claiming 25th. Brazil native Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro) also posted a lifetime-low as she finished in 24.14 to notch 30th. A trio of freshman also saved their best swims of the year for the league meet. Laura Fehrman (St. Charles, Ill.) turned in a final marker of 24.27, which bettered her season-best time of 25.01. Sallye Hartman (Gates, Tenn.) finished in 24.39, her fastest time entering the meet was 24.90, while Danyelle Vincent (Rohnert Park, Calif.) touched the wall in 24.49 which bettered her year-low time of 25.26. Additionally, senior Kristin McGrath (Boulder, Colo.) continued her amazing journey back from a knee injury as she clocked a season-best 26.88.

Finals for the 500y freestyle, 200y IM, 50y freestyle and the 400y medley relay are slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

On tap Friday in the league meet are the 400y IM, 100y butterfly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, 100y backstroke and 200y freestyle relay are all scheduled. The championships conclude on Saturday with the 200y backstroke, 100y freestyle, 200y breaststroke, 200y butterfly, 400y freestyle relay and 1650y freestyle all on the slate. Morning sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with evening races slated to start at 5:30 p.m.

Upon conclusion of the SECs, the Orange and White will swim in the Bulldog Invite Feb. 26-27. The NCAA Zone Qualified divers will compete in the Zone Championships scheduled March 11-13 while the NCAA Championships will take place March 17-19.

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