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TWO SCHOOL RECORDS FALL AS LADY VOLS CONCLUDE SENSATIONAL DAY AT SEC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jacque Fessel

Jacque Fessel

Feb. 18, 2005

Final Stats

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- The No. 22 Lady Vol swimming team concluded a sensational day of action at the Southeastern Conference swimming championships Friday night by breaking two school records, which helped the squad start an ascent in the team standings. All-American Jacque Fessel reset her record in the 100y backstroke en route to a third-place showing while the 200y freestyle relay squad comprised of Christine Magnuson, Abbi Terveer, Jessica Blevins and Megan Tomes bettered a mark which had stood since 1992. Entering the final day of competition, Tennessee stands in seventh place with 156 points and is within striking distance of sixth-place Alabama which has 170 points.

"It was a good night for the Lady Volunteers," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "We had a number of highlights. Jacque Fessel had a great performance in the 100y fly, winning the consolation heat and then coming back to finish third in the 100y back in a new school record.

"Christine Magnuson finaled in her first individual event at the SECs, finishing in seventh place in the 100y fly," Colella said. "That is amazing considering we recruited her primarily as a freestlyer. For her to perform at this level is pretty incredible.

"We moved up two spots today, so hopefully tomorrow we can continue to swim well," Colella said. "We'll see what happens."

 

 

Fessel's performance in the 100y back gave her all-SEC status for the second straight season and marked the first time in UT history that anyone had eclipsed the 54 second barrier. Tomes took sixth in the event, touching the wall in 55.17.

In the second record-setting performance of the night, Magnuson, Terveer, Blevins, and Tomes came in under the NCAA provisional standard in the 200y freestyle relay by finishing in 1:32.31. Additionally, the freshman had a "B" cut in the leadoff leg as she finished her portion of the event in 22.98. That time places her as the second-faster UT swimmer in the history of the program and helped propel the orange-clad swimmers to sixth place in the event.

At the beginning of the evening, Fessel set the tone for the Orange and White as she blew away the competition in the 100y butterfly consolation final. The junior clocked the sixth-fastest time in school history, touching in 54.12 to pick up the nine allotted points.

In the championship final, Magnuson, the only freshman in the heat, posted the fifth-best time in the annals of UT swimming which pushed her to a seventh-place showing. For her effort, UT was rewarded 12 points.

In the 200y freestyle consolation final, senior Julia Stowers (Knoxville, Tenn.) swam a time of 1:50.82 to finish 8th and snag one team point. It was a bittersweet moment in the 100y breaststroke consolation final, as sophomore Tiffany Clay (Indianapolis, Ind.) was unable to compete in the event due to an injury. However, Lady Vol freshman Sallye Hartman (Gates, Tenn.) was the top alternate from the morning and would prove she was up to the task. The Tennessee native shaved nearly a second off her career-best time, 1:06.12 set during preliminaries, blazing to sixth place with a final marker of 1:05.16. The effort places her as the 17th-fastest performer in the storied history of Tennessee swimming.

"Sallye (Hartman) stepped up from the first alternate with very short notice to compete in the 100y breaststroke," Colella said "She took nearly a second off her time and moved up a few spots in the heat which is real exciting."

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. The morning session begins at 10:30 a.m. while the finals are 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.Georgia551
2.Auburn532
3.Florida479
4.Kentucky290
5.South Carolina201
6.Alabama170
7.Tennessee156
8.LSU147
9.Arkansas119

Tennessee Scorers
800y Freestyle Relay28 points
200y Medley Relay28 points
Megan Tomes28 points
200y Freestyle Relay26 points
Jacque Fessel25 points
Christine Magnuson12 points
Julia Stowers4 points
Sallye Hartman3 points
Lauren LeRoy2 points


FESSEL QUALIFIES FOR NCAA'S IN 100Y BACK AT SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Junior Jacque Fessel automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships by posting the second-fastest time in school history in the 100y backstroke at the Southeastern Conference Swimming Championships on Friday morning. Her performance highlighted an outstanding preliminary session for the No. 22 Lady Vols. Megan Tomes and Christine Magnuson will also take aim at league titles, as they qualified in the 100y backstroke and 100y butterfly, respectively. Additionally, Tiffany Clay, Fessel and Julia Stowers will compete in this evening's consolation finals.

"The team just continues to perform well," Head Coach Dan Colella said. "We had a very high percentage of career-best performances and a number of individuals who will make it back to the finals. Jacque Fessel getting the NCAA 'A' standard is the highlight of the morning.

"We just seem to continue to get better and better with each session so we are really looking forward to tonight and then the final day," Colella said.

The morning preliminary session was tremendous across the board for the orange-clad swimmers. Of the 20 total swims, 11 were career-best performances while 17 came in as season-low clockings.

Fessel and Tomes put an exclamation point to the day by placing third and sixth, respectively in the 100y backstroke. The junior finished in 54.18, her school record is 54.03, while the sophomore touched the wall in 55 seconds even for the 10th-best time in program history. Additionally, Tomes' time is an NCAA "B" qualifier. Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished in a lifetime-low time of 58.15 seconds to claim 17th place and is the first alternate for tonight's consolation finals.

Every UT entrant performed extremely well in the 100y butterfly. Magnuson continued to show no freshman jitters as she clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 54.03 to place sixth. The final marker is the fourth-quickest time in program history and places her third on the all-time performers list. Fessel also posted an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.68 to qualify 11th. Additionally, Tatiana Athayde, 56.86, (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Kristin McGrath, 1:06.76, (Durango, Colo.), Elizabeth Wueste, 59.61, (Norcross, Ga.) and Ashley Yeager, 56.77, (Mechanicsburg, Pa) all clocked the fastest times of their respective collegiate careers. Graciela Breece-Rodriguez, 57.42, (Boulder, Colo.) and Julia Lutz, 57.57, (Lilburn, Ga.) both turned in season-low markers.

In the 200y freestyle, Stowers finished in 1:50.44, which is her second-lowest marker on the year to place 13th. Two other orange-clad swimmers competed in the event as Sarah Ridgway, 1:56.90, (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) and Laura Fehrman, 1:54.55, (St. Charles, Ill.) both posted lifetime lows.

In the 100y breaststroke Clay touched the wall in 1:05.06, her second-best time on the year which propelled her to a 15th-place showing. Freshman Sallye Hartman (Gates, Tenn.) continued the trend on the day of swimming career-best times, finishing in 1:06.21.

In the 400y IM, junior Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio) touched the wall in a season-best time of 4:29.74 and finished 20th, which matches her showing from a year ago.

Finals for the 400y IM, 100y butterfly, 200y freestyle, 100y breaststroke, 100y backstroke and 200y freestyle relay will start Friday evening at approximately 5:30.

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. The morning session begins at 10:30 a.m. while the finals are 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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