June 26, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Soon-to-be senior Christine Magnuson picked up three first-place finishes and two Olympic Trial qualifying times this weekend at the Nashville Aquatics Club Summer Sizzler held at the Centennial Sportsplex & WCISC in Nashville, Tenn. Magnuson and seven of her teammates competed as the Tennessee Aquatics Swim Club and picked up 541 points as a team.

Magnuson, from Tinley Park, Ill., won the 100m (57.11) and 200m (2:03.91) freestyle, as well as the 100m (1:01.87) butterfly. Her times in the 100m fly and 100m free were lifetime bests and qualified her for the Olympic Trials, the latter besting the meet record posted by Olympian Rachel Komisarz in 2006. The 16-time All-American also took second place in 50m freestyle (27.11) and third in the 400m free (4:28.88) and was a member of the first-place 400m free relay team which set a meet record in 3:57.00 and the 400m medley relay team which placed fourth (4:30.77).

Another Lady Vol All-American who took to the water last weekend was rising junior Carly Mathes. Mathes swam on both relay teams with Magnuson as well as in the 400m free (4:26.67) 200m fly (2:21.98) and 200m IM (2:22.26). She was third in the butterfly event and won the B finals with fifth-place showings in the freestyle and IM. Her IM time was a lifetime best for the Kettering, Ohio native.

Four of Mathes' classmates (Katie Gehring, Maria Jugan, Sarah McCall and Brittany Nauta) also swam for Tennessee Aquatics in Nashville. Gehring swam in four individual events, her highest placement coming at 19th in the 100m free (1:01.76). She was 20th in the 50m free (28.74), 59th in the 100m fly (1:13.83) and 67th in the 200m free (2:19.53). From Punta Gorda, Fla., Gehring swam the third leg of the winning 400m free relay and anchored the 14th-place 400m medley relay (4:46.61).

Jugan saw the most action of any of the Lady Vols this weekend by competing in six individual events and two relays. The rising junior from Knoxville was 19th in the 100m backstroke (1:10.87), 23rd in the 200m back (2:34.26), 42nd in the 400m IM (5:36.04), 62nd in the 400m free (4:58.81), 64th in the 200m IM (2:42.63) and 71st in the 200m free (2:20.36). She was also the anchor for the 400m free relay team which came in 15th (4:15.23) and the fourth-place 400m medley relay.

Knoxville-native McCall competed in the finals of four individual events and both relays. She won the B final of the 200m breast in 2:44.19, finished eighth in the 400m IM (5:14.51), 11th in the 200m IM (2:28.62) and 18th in the 400m free (4:38.25). Her 400m free and medley relay squads finished 15th and fourth, respectively.

Nauta, who earned her first All-America award this year as part of the 800y free relay team, placed 17th in the 50m free (28.36) and 22nd in the 100m back (1:11.06). She was also on the winning 400m free relay team and 14th-place 400m medley relay squad.

Swimming for the first time as part of the Lady Vol group was senior Brooke Boncher. Boncher, who redshirted last year, transferred to UT from the University of Richmond last year. The West Newbury Mass., native entered five events over the weekend: 50m free (29.22), 100m free (1:02.23), 200m free (2:14.23), 100m back (1:13.06), 100m fly (1:08.29). The highest placement was 26th in the 100m fly.

Rising sophomore Jamie Saffer also joined Tennessee Aquatics last weekend. Saffer was 19th in the 200m fly (2:29.82), 21st in the 200m breast (2:53.62), 35th in the 200m IM (2:34.62) and 126th in the 100m free (1:19.82).

Future Lady Vols who represented their hometown clubs were Tricia Weaner and Sarah Sargent. Competing for the West Shore YMCA team, Weaner made the finals in all three events she swam. The Gettysburg, Pa., product touched the wall first out of 82 in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:05.93. She also earned runner-up honors in the 200m back (2:22.15) and was eighth in the 400m free (4:34.04).

Sargent, from nearby Franklin, Tenn., represented Excel Aquatics. She was close to her lifetime best in the 100m fly with a 13th-place 1:03.76. She also anchored the 10th-place 400m free relay team and placed 37th in the 200m free (2:14.91),

Members of the Lady Vol swim team will continue to compete for Tennessee Aquatics throughout the summer. Their next meet will be in Auburn, Ala., July 12-16.





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