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15TH-RANKED TENNESSEE HOLDS ON TO THIRD PLACE AT MINNESOTA INVITE
Christine Magnuson

Christine Magnuson

Nov. 19, 2006

Results

The No. 15 Lady Vol Swimming and Diving team is currently in third place at the Minnesota Invite with a score of 538. The second day of the three-day meet saw junior Christine Magnuson win two events, the 100y fly and 200y free, and junior diver Lauren LeRoy win the one-meter diving competition.

"This morning we swam really well and had a few outstanding performances and a lot of good races," Lady Vol Head Swimming Coach Matt Kredich said. "Tonight was the best session of racing that this year's team has had. It was just really inspired racing. We had a lot of great performances."

UT's "A" squad of junior Danyelle Vincent, freshman Bryttany Curran, junior Christine Magnuson and freshman Michele King earned 26 points for Rocky Top by clocking a 1:47.01 readout for a sixth-place finish in the 200y Medley Relay. Tennessee's "B" team of sophomore Brittany Nauta, senior Tiffany Clay, sophomore Betsy Lange and sophomore Katie Gehring was not far behind with a 1:47.44 readout. Tennessee's foursome senior Elizabeth Christy, freshman Jamie Saffer, sophomore Sarah McCall and junior Laura Fehrman were 11th by posting of 1:47.95. Tennessee's D team finished in 23rd with a 1:54.81.

 

 

The 400y IM saw sophomore Carly Mathes blow away the competition in the consolation finals with a lifetime-best 4:24.60 for ninth place. McCall (4:26.99) was 10th overall and Clay earned points for UT in 13th-place after touching the wall in 4:29.39. Freshman Keira Heath qualified for the "C" final after posting a 4:34.33. Sophomore Mary Kirk Pollard and senior Misty Cain both competed in the prelims as well and finished with times of 4:47.17 and 4:49.44, respectively.

Magnuson won her second event in the Minneapolis Invite as she was once again first in the prelims as well as the finals. The junior bested her 55.13 in the morning's preliminaries session to claim the 100y fly championship title with an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 54.65. Her prelim time was also a "B" cut and topped her season-best by .02 seconds. Also in the championship finals was Lange who earned 14 points for her team by posting a lifetime-best 56.21 in the prelims and 56.46 in the finals. With the time, Lange earned a spot on the all-time Lady Vol list, as the 13th-ranked performer in UT history. Saffer was the only Lady Vol to compete in the "C" finals after posting a 59.11 in the prelims. She shaved almost two seconds off that time to finish first in her heat, 17th overall, with a 57.10. Freshman Ashley Knapik posted a 58.94 in the preliminaries.

Tennessee had three contingents in the 200y free championship final, one of which took home the crown. Magnuson earned her third individual championship title of the weekend when she clocked a season-best, NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:49.26. The mark passes teammate Megan Tomes for the fastest 200y free time for the Lady Vols this year.

"Christine was really special," Kredich said. "The 100y fly was a really good race, then 15 minutes later she swam a really smart 200y freestyle. She competed with a lot of heart and a lot of poise. She's one of the best racers on our team. She just keeps getting better and those races every time she performs."

Mathes earned her NCAA first provisional cut of the 2006-07 campaign with her fifth-place 1:50.09 in the event. Freshman Laura Tomes made her initial appearance in a collegiate championship final when she posted a 1:52.15 in the prelims and a seventh-place 1:52.80 in the finals.

Tennessee placed two in the consolation finals of the 200y free, sophomore Sam Maccherola and Fehrman. Maccherola's 1:52.24 put her in 11th overall, while Fehrman's 1:53.36 in the finals put her in 13th. The junior was just .01 seconds away from tying her personal-best mark.

Nauta topped her heat in the "C" finals with a time of 1:52.44. Christy (1:54.70), Gehring (1:56.87), Vincent (1:56.99), Heath (1:57.38), sophomore Ashley Quinn (1:59.59), Pollard (2:01.71) and sophomore Maria Jugan (2:04.85) all competed in preliminary action.

In the 100y breast event, all of UT's contenders went on to compete in the finals. King, Clay and Curran represented the Big Orange in the championship final. King led the Lady Vols with a third-place time of 1:03.41. The York, Pa., native passed her own 2006-07 best 1:04.63 to claim the team's fastest 100y breast time on the season. Clay (1:04.57) and Curran (1:05.53) helped the cause by placing sixth and eighth, respectively. McCall topped the contenders in the consolation finals with a ninth-place 1:04.99. In the same fashion, Saffer claimed first in the "C" finals with a time of 1:05.58.

Event 23 of the three-day meet was the 100y backstroke. Nauta finished 12th with a time of 58.57, while Vincent topped the competition in the "C" finals with a lifetime-best 56.60. Representing UT in the preliminaries were senior Ashley Yeager (1:00.55), Jugan (1:02.49), sophomore Karla Neal (1:03.21).

For the second day in a row, junior diver Lauren LeRoy, swept the preliminaries, semi-finals and finals from the boards. LeRoy won the three-meter diving yesterday with a score of 293.10 and the one-meter today with a score of 289.30. Junior Vicky Linnell advanced to the semi-finals and finished ninth with 214.65 points. Senior Brittany Fulmer earned 207.40 points in the preliminaries, while sophomore Staley McCartney garnered 194.30 points.

"The way Lauren performed today was very composed," Lady Vol Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "To see her put together things we've been working on for the past two years is exciting to see and there is a lot more where that came from."

The 800y freestyle relay team made up of Tomes, King, Mathes and Magnuson earned third place with a time of 7:23.97. Maccherola, Nauta, Christy and Fehrman finished eighth in 7:40.95, while Tennessee's "D" team of Lange, McCall, Quinn and Yeager took 12th in 7:53.59. The squad of Heath, Gehring, Curran and Vincent rounded out the top-16 with a time of 7:59.24. UT's other entrant in the event posted a time of 8:09.64 for 19th.

The final day of the Minnesota Invite will begin on Sunday at 10 a.m., with the preliminary session for the 200y backstroke. Platform diving will begin at noon and finals will start at 3 p.m.

Team Points Through Day 2
Notre Dame598
Wisconsin572
TENNESSEE538
Minnesota372
Nebraska219.5
Florida Atlantic174
Iowa State131.5
UCLA99
North Dakota62
St. Cloud State16
South Dakota State6
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