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Magnuson Wins National Title in 100y Fly

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COLUMBUS, Ohio ??? Senior Christine Magnuson followed in the footsteps of former Lady Vols Nicole DeMan, Tracy Bonner and Kathy Pesek this evening, as she became the fourth NCAA swimming and diving national champion from the University of Tennessee. Magnuson was crowned winner in the 100y butterfly, after touching the wall in an outstanding 50.70. The time is the seventh fastest in history and strengthens her position as the fourth-fastest 100y fly swimmer in history.

The defending champion, California???s Dana Vollmer, came in second at 51.32. Vollmer holds down the No. 3 position on the all-time performers list with a 50.69, just one one-hundredth of a second quicker than Magnuson.

???I knew there were going to be a couple people faster than me in the 50 [yard butterfly],??? Magnuson said. ???I knew that after that 50 turn, I needed to pick it up. Sure enough, Stanford was out in front after 50 yards. I just said myself ???gotta go.??? At the third turn, I just changed gears, kicked hard off the wall, picked up my tempo and stayed strong. I just had fun. It was a lot of fun. ???

Stanford???s Hailey Degolia touched the wall first after 50 yards with a 23.68 readout. Magnuson was right behind her at 23.70.

???Christine???s swim was phenomenal,??? head swimming coach Matt Kredich said. ???There aren???t very many national champions each year and it???s a spot everyone wants to get. It was obvious from the first stroke that there was no doubt she was going to win that race. I think she is a great example to set for everybody. It couldn???t have happened to a better person, a better student-athlete.???

Sophomore Michele King also made it to the podium this evening, as she came in eighth in the 100y breast with a 1:01.32 readout. The York, Pa., product was also eighth in the prelims with a time of 1:00.75. Her prelim time is the second quickest by a Lady Vol, while her time in the finals is the seventh fastest in UT history.

Sophomore Jamie Saffer registered another personal-best mark in the 100y breast, placing fifth in the consolation finals and 13th overall. She improved upon her 1:01.47 in the prelims with a 1:01.14 this evening to record the fourth-fastest time in UT history.

???Jamie had a real breakthrough swim this morning,??? head swimming coach Matt Kredich said. ???Everybody was much better today at creating a plan and following the plan. I felt like we were more on track today than yesterday. Tonight was kind of the same thing. I thought we were really together and had a plan.???

The 200y medley relay squad of freshman Tricia Weaner, King, Magnuson and junior Brittany Nauta came into the consolation finals this evening with a No. 1 seed (ninth overall) and the second-fastest time in the UT annals (1:39.16). The Lady Vol swimmers were followed closely by their competitors from Washington through the butterfly event before the Huskies pulled ahead. The Big Orange came in 10th with a 1:39.49 readout.

Before the evening session, senior diver Lauren LeRoy competed from the three-meter board in the preliminary session. Her score of 270.25 put her in 26th place.

???As a coach, it was exciting to be a part of the team effort today,??? head diving coach Dave Parrington said. ???It was exciting to witness Christine???s win. and I know exciting for Lauren as her roommate. I am really disappointed, more than anything else, for Lauren. She deserved to do a lot better than she was able to do today and I feel bad for her. It wasn???t for a lack of effort, heart or desire, or anything like that. I think the wheels just fell off after her second dive.

???The results weren???t what we expected today, but she???ll give it a go tomorrow on platform and give her best for the team which is what she always does.???

The second day of the NCAA Championships held at the McCorkle Aquatic Center, concluded with the 800y free relay. The foursome of Magnuson, junior Carly Mathes, and freshmen Aleksa Akerfelds and Morgan Farrell turned in a 7:09.14 time to place second in the second of three heats. The Lady Vols were leading through the first 600 yards, but Virginia managed to catch up. UVA finished with a 7:07.44 time.

The finals day of the national championship meet will begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. The seventh-ranked Lady Vols are currently in eighth place with 120 points. Arizona is in the lead with a 361 point total.

It is exciting to be surrounded by Indiana and Georgia right now,??? Kredich said. ???We all have days tomorrow that could be really good or could take us out of the hunt. I think it will be a good team race between the three of us for the seventh through ninth positions.???

Team Scores Through Day 2
1. Arizona 361
2. Auburn 244
3. Texas A&M 227
4. Stanford 212
5. California 203
6. Florida 178
7. Georgia 133
8. Tennessee 120
9. Indiana 110
10t. Washington 82
10t. Michigan 82

Preliminary Recap

On the second day of the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, senior Christine Magnuson retained her title as the fourth-fastest performer in history in the 100y butterfly. She took .01 seconds off her pervious school record of 51.00 to come in first in the preliminaries this morning. The Tinley Park, Ill., native will be seeded first in the championship finals, marking her third trip to the ???A??? finals this week.

Magnuson blitzed the competition with her 50.99 time, as she was .34 seconds ahead of defending champion Dana Vollmer of California. Vollmer won last year???s event in 51.69, while Magnuson???s 52.30 earned her fourth.

Also placing in the top eight this morning was sophomore Michele King. King???s 1:00.75 in the 100y breast qualified the York, Pa., product for her third ???A??? finals as well.

Sophomore Jamie Saffer earned a trip to the consolation finals in her first NCAA appearance by touching the wall in 1:01.47 in the prelims of the 100y breast. That career-best mark moves her up to the No. 2 spot on the all-time performers list and is the sixth-fastest time in UT history. The 100y breast was also the first NCAA championship race for freshman Martina Moravcikova. She finished 37th with a 1:03.37 readout.

Though the 200y medley relay team of freshman Tricia Weaner, King, Magnuson and junior Brittany Nauta was .05 seconds from making the championship finals, the foursome churned out the second-fastest time in school history, 1:39.16. UT will be the top seed in the consolation finals this evening.

Freshman Aleksa Akerfelds joined an extremely tough group in the 400y IM and came out with a 31st-place 4:18.68. The time is the fifth best in Lady Vol history and is her fastest readout prior to the Southeastern Conference Championship. Akerfelds, from Bronxville, N.Y., set the school record in the 400y IM at the conference championship meet in February. That time of 4:13.12 would only have earned her 15th today.

Lady Vols Carly Mathes and Nauta competed in the 200y free, placing 30th and 73rd, respectively. Though Mathes??? 1:47.18 did not earn the Ketteing, Ohio product a trip to the finals, her time of 50.63 through the first 100 yards is her best as a Lady Vol. Nauta???s 1:50.90 mark would have been her best in the regular season.

Two freshmen, Farrell and Weaner, represented Tennessee in the 100y backstroke. Farrell???s time of 54.83 placed her 27th, while Weaner tied her season-best mark of 54.98 to come in at No. 31.

Senior Lauren LeRoy will try to continue her success on the boards, as she competes in the three-meter competition this afternoon. The swimming finals will begin at 7 p.m.

Live results and video streaming can be found on the Lady Vol website, www.utladyvols.com.



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