King Places Ninth in Semis of 100M Freestyle at Pan Am Games
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil ??? Once again, rising UT sophomore Michele King represented the United States at the Pan American games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, this time in the 100m freestyle event. She placed ninth in the semifinals by touching the wall in 57.14; just one position and .16 seconds from making the finals session. King was third in the second heat (seventh overall) of the preliminaries on Friday with a time of 67.88. From Gettysburg, Pa., King anchored the U.S. 400m freestyle relay preliminary team earlier in the week. That foursome placed first in the prelims (3:45.67) and went on to claim the gold in the finals. King was a standout freshman in the Orange and White last year. She was the only Lady Vol rookie to qualify for the 2007 NCAA Championships in February and earned four All-America certificates in the process (200y freestyle, 400y medley relay, 200y medley relay, 400y freestyle relay). Former Lady Vol Fabiola Molina was also competing this week in the Pan American games and led the Brazilian national team to a bronze medal in the 400m medley relay (4:09.27) today. She placed second in the 100m backstroke on Thursday by touching the wall in 1:02.18. During her time at Tennessee, Molina earned six All-America honors and represented UT at the NCAA Championships from 1996-98.