Feb. 6, 2007

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lady Vol swimmers will attempt to add to the 54 points earned by their diving teammates on the first day of the Southeastern Conference Swimming Championships on Wednesday. The meet includes 18 swimming events over the course of four days with the preliminary competitions starting at 12:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The finals are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. each day.

"To simply say we are excited really doesn't do justice to the meet we're going to or to the preparation that we've put into this meet," Lady Vol Head Swimming Coach Matt Kredich said. "The SEC swimming championship has the best atmosphere and best competition of any college swimming meet in the country."

The 13th-ranked Lady Vols are taking a 4-4 (2-3 SEC) record, 45 NCAA provisional times and one NCAA automatic time to the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, Ky. There they will face four other teams ranked in the top 25 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) in No. 2 Auburn, No. 6 Florida, No. 9 Georgia and No. 21 Kentucky. Tennessee's grueling 2006-07 schedule has already included meetings with these four schools in addition to top-ranked Stanford, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 22 Minnesota.

"We've put together a very good training season, we've competed well against all of the top teams in the SEC, and I really like what I'm seeing from our leaders right now," Kredich said. "Our divers got us off to a strong start and we're ready to race, compete for the top spots and qualify some more people for the NCAA Championship."

The diving portion of the SEC Championships was held in Lexington from Feb. 2-4. Junior Lauren LeRoy's fourth-place finish in the three-meter event and runner-up honors from the one meter were the best finishes by a Lady Vol diver since 2003. Also contributing points to the cause were junior Vicky Linnell and senior Brittany Fulmer.

In 2006, Tennessee hosted the SEC Championships at the UT Student Aquatic Center, Feb. 15-18. The squad came away with a fifth-place (535.0 points) finish, up from seventh the year before. The Georgia Bulldogs were the overall winners, but orange and white swimmers set five school records over the course of four days.

Women's SEC Championships- Current Scores
1. Kentucky 103 points
2. LSU 101.5 points
3. Auburn 84 points
4. Tennessee 54 points
5. Georgia 35.5 points
6. Arkansas 30 points
7. South Carolina 28 points
8. Alabama 18 points
9. Florida 15 points
Women's SEC Championships - Swimming Events
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007
12:00 p.m. - 200y Medley Relay Time Trial
  800y Free Relay Time Trial
6:00 p.m. - 200y Medley Relay Finals
  800y Free Relay Finals
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007
10:00 a.m. - 500y Freestyle Preliminaries
  200y IM Preliminaries
  50y Freestyle Preliminaries
  200y Freestyle Relay Time Trial
6:00 p.m. - 500y Freestyle Finals
  200y IM Finals
  50y Freestyle Finals
  200y Freestyle Relay Finals
Friday, Feb. 9, 2007
10:00 a.m. - 400y IM Preliminaries
  100y Butterfly Preliminaries
  200y Freestyle Preliminaries
  100y Breaststroke Preliminaries
  100y Backstroke Preliminaries
  400y Medley Relay Time Trial
6:00 p.m. - 400y IM Finals
  100y Butterfly Finals
  200y Freestyle Finals
  100y Breaststroke Finals
  100y Backstroke Finals
  400y Medley Relay Finals
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007
10:00 a.m. - 200y Backstroke Preliminaries
  100y Freestyle Preliminaries
  200y Breaststroke Preliminaries
  200y Butterfly Preliminaries
  400y Freestyle Relay Time Trial
3:15 p.m. - 1650y Freestyle (fastest seeded heat contested in Finals)
6:00 p.m. - 1650y Freestyle Final
  200y Backstroke Final
  100y Freestyle Final
  200y Breaststroke Final
  400y Butterfly Final
  400y Freestyle Relay Final





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