Feb. 28, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore Tricia Weaner's performance in the 200y back was the highlight of day one of the Championship Qualifications "Last Chance" Meet on Saturday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Weaner lowered her NCAA 'B' standard and season-best time in the 200y back to 1:55.02, a time that could land her a bid to the 2009 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in the event.
The Championship Qualifications meet gives athletes a last opportunity to improve season-bests and reach NCAA 'A' or 'B' cuts in hopes of moving up the national lists. The NCAA Championships, which is hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, from March 19-21, usually take around 30-35 participants for each individual event and between 20-24 entries for each relay.
Freshman Samara Gelb earned a pair of NCAA 'B' cuts and season-best performances in the 200y IM (2:00.12) and in the 100y breast (1:01.70).
Bryttany Curran also swam a career-best in the 100y breast, nearly earning a 'B' cut with her time of 1:02.66.
"Tricia (Weaner) has a really good shot at making the NCAA meet in the 200 back," Lady Vol head swimming coach Matt Kredich said. "Samara Gelb had a great night, too. Her 100 breast was really impressive. Atlantis Wilkins also looked great in the 50 free, getting a season-best time. I would say those were probably are best swims of the day. I'm very proud of the team for competing and racing well today."
Sophomore diver Jill Pierce shattered her career-best score and earned her NCAA Zone B mark on the platform with a score of 292.58. She will join senior Staley McCartney and freshman Gabrielle Trudeau on the tower event at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships in Knoxville at the AJIAC from March 13-15.
The meet continues tomorrow with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.