Nov. 15, 2003
University of Tennessee Women's Head Swimming Coach Dan Colella and Diving Coach Dave Parrington's swimming and diving squad fell to two-time defending national champions Auburn on Sunday as the Tigers captured a 194-101 victory over the Lady Vols.
"I am very pleased with our performance today," Colella said. "It was a step we needed to take. We stood up and really raced these guys today. For us to swim these times this early in the season is great."
Individually, the Lady Vols were led by freshman Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) as the rookie posted a pair of provisional qualifying times in the 100y and 200y freestyle events as well as captured the event title in the 200y IM with a 2:04.57. In the 200y free, Tomes clocked a 1:49.16 before turning in a 50.98 effort in the 100y free. Sophomore Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) nearly posted a provisional in the first leg of Tennessee's 200y freestyle relay squad as Terveer swam the distance in 24.23.
As for Parrington's divers, junior Lauryn McCalley (Moultrie, Ga.) claimed the one-meter crown with a 293.39 before taking second in the three-meter dives with a 295.65, while senior Kylee Wells (Russiavilla, Ind.) accumulated a 234.37 on the 1m before garnering a 254.47 in the 3m.
The relay squads accounted for most of UT's points as they brought a first, second and third place finish overall. The team made up of sophomore Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), sophomore Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Tomes opened up the day with a third-place 1:44.00 in the 200y medley before Terveer, freshman Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.), Fessel and senior Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa) took home the event crown in the 200y free with a 1:36.81. Meanwhile, junior Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W.Va.), freshman Meghan Keefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Athayde and sophomore Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio) came in second in the 200y free with a 1:40.93.
Next up for the Lady Vols, the divers head to Houston for the Houston Diving Invitational over Nov. 20-22, while the swimmers travel to Federal Way, Wash., for the U.S. Open Swimming Championships over Dec. 4-6.