Aug. 1, 2006
IRVINE, Calif. - Five of the University of Tennessee's finest swimmers will have the opportunity to compete with some of the nation's best at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships to be held August 1-5, at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine, Calif.
Lady Vol Christine Magnuson will compete in four events over the next five days, the most of any of UT's representatives. The rising junior posted an Olympic trial mark already in the 100m butterfly (1:02.10) this summer in the Speedo Championship Series Southern Sectionals in Athens, Ga. The Tinley Park, Ill., native will also compete in the 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle races.
Rising senior Megan Tomes will be swimming in the 200m IM and 200m freestyle events. Tomes has been a vital part of the Orange and White's relay teams, recently joining teammates Magnuson, Carly Mathes and Sarah McCall as part of the 800m freestyle relay team at the Speedo Championship Series Southern Sectional in Athens. The foursome sped past the national qualifying mark to come in at 8:34.35.
All-American Tiffany Clay, who also swam as part of the Tennessee Aquatics team in Athens, will compete in the 100m and 200m breaststroke contests. The rising senior posted a time of 1:14.92 in the 100m and 2:38.92 in the 200m.
Knoxville native McCall will try her hand at the 400m IM, after contributing to two national qualifying relay teams at the Series Southern Sectionals meet.
Mathes will participate in the 200m IM, and 100m and 200m freestyle events. The rising sophomore clocked in at 59.28 and 2:06.74 in the 100m and 200m freestyle in Athens.
Magnuson, Tomes, Clay, McCall, and Mathes compete this week for the right to swim for the United States at five different international events including:
2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships (Aug. 17-21, Victoria, British Columbia)
2007 FINA World Championships (March 25- April 1, Melbourne, Australia)
2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool (April 3, Sydney, Australia)
2007 World University Games (Aug. 8-13, Bangkok, Thailand)
2007 Pan American Games (July 14-21, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)