Feb. 18, 2007
ATHENS, Ga. - The Lady Vol swimming and diving team concluded the two-day Bulldog Invitational today with career fastest times from two swimmers and high point totals from two divers. Twelve Lady Vols traveled to Athens, Ga., this weekend to improve on personal bests and earn passages to the NCAA Meets.
Junior Vicky Linnell won the platform event with a career-high 272.80 points. Sophomore Staley McCartney was fourth on the platform with a zone qualifying score of 228.25. The mark demolished her previous personal-best of 187.65 points.
"I'm really proud of both of their performances today, especially Staley for earning her spot in the NCAA zones," Lady Vol Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "It was one of her goals of the season. It was excellent for her and a real confidence boost. It was a really good weekend overall and we look forward to getting ready for zones in a couple of weeks."
Linnell was second in the one-meter competition yesterday with a score of 271.95, while McCartney was seventh with a 239.38 total.
Sophomore Maria Jugan started the day by shaving 2.33 seconds off her career-best 2:12.43 in the 200y breaststroke. Her 2:10.10 mark put her in eighth place in the preliminaries. During the time trials of the 200y back, Jugan improved on her earlier time and set a new standard for herself by clocking a 2:08.57 readout.
Also in the 200y back prelims, junior Danyelle Vincent registered a 2:03.36 for sixth place.
Sophomores Brittany Nauta, Sam Maccherola and Ashley Quinn all competed in the 100y freestyle prelims, each setting new season or career bests. Nauta's 51.32 beats her season-best time of 51.40, while Maccherola's 52.39 was her best of the season by .54 seconds. Quinn recorded a new personal record when she touched the wall in 52.52.
Bryttany Curran was the only Lady Vol in the 200y breast preliminaries and swam a season-best 2:18.62 for second place.
Freshman Jamie Saffer swam in the 200y fly prelims, in a third-place time of 2:05.26. In the time trials of the 100y breaststroke, she earned her second NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event with a 1:03.45 reading.
In the 50y freestyle time trials, Quinn came within .02 seconds of her career-best by touching the wall in 24.11.
Sophomore Betsy Lange attempted to earn passage to the national championship meet in the 100y fly, but fell just a bit short by registering a 57.80 readout.