Feb. 29, 2004
Coming off an emotional meet in which Tennessee placed fourth at the 2004 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., Head Coach Dan Colella's swim squad could not muster enough energy to improve upon many of the already impressive marks set prior to the last-chance Bulldog Invitational held in the same location.
In the 200y medley relay, the quartet of sophomore Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), freshman Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa) posted a 1:42.13, but did not improve upon its school record time of 1:41.08 set during the 2004 SEC Championships. In the 100y butterfly, sophomore Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) missed making an NCAA provisional time with a 55.84, which was just short of the 55.36 B-cut standard.
In the 200y freestyle relay, Ternent, Fessel, Tomes and sophomore Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) made it under the provisional level with a 1:32.63, but did not improve upon their B-cut already set at the SEC meet of 1:32.58. Then, Breece-Rodriguez missed posting a provisional in the 100y butterfly time trial held later in the afternoon with a 56.27.
In the 100y breaststroke, Clay came up just short of a B-cut with a 1:04.58, while Terveer claimed a provisional qualifier in the 100y freestyle with a 51.10, but did not improve her chances that were already set with a 51.02 time at the SEC Championships. In the same event, Tomes missed the provisional cut with a 51.77
Next up for the Lady Vols, Diving Coach Dave Parrington's diving squad returns to the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships over March 12-14,
while the swim squad heads to the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas, over March 18-20.