Complete ResultsAUBURN, Ala. – The No. 12 Lady Vol swimming and diving team will return home from Auburn, Ala., having taken eight of 19 events from the top-ranked and defending national champion Auburn Tigers. Tennessee (3-1, 2-1 SEC) dropped the decision, 201-146, for its first loss of the season. However, several orange-clad swimmers earned new personal-best times and entry to the 2008 NCAA Championship meet.
“I am really proud of the way we raced this weekend,” Lady Vol Head Coach Matt Kredich said. “We made some real progress in understanding our events and learning how to execute under pressure. Auburn was very good this weekend, and showed us some places where we can get a lot better.”
Once again, UT started the competition in fine form by winning the first event of the day, the 200y medley relay. The foursome of freshman Tricia Weaner, Michele King, senior Christine Magnuson and junior Carly Mathes swam the 200y medley relay in an NCAA provisional time of 1:41.92. Tennessee’s other entrant in the race of freshmen Morgan Farrell and Martina Moravcikova, and seniors Brooke Boncher and Laura Fehrman also scored points for UT with a fourth-place 1:46.65 finish.
Freshman Aleksa Akerfelds recorded a new personal-best time in the 1000y free as her 9:53.75 recording put her in second place. Akerfelds has improved upon her personal-best time each of the three times she has competed in the event while wearing the Orange and White. Also in the race was junior Sarah McCall. McCall, who is new this year to the distance events, finished sixth in 10:18.74.
Magnuson led the Lady Vols in the 200y free with an NCAA provisional time of 1:48.33 to finish third. She was followed by Mathes in fourth, whose 1:48.88 was also an NCAA provisional cut. Junior Brittany Nauta and sophomore Laura Tomes finished seventh and eighth with times of 1:52.76 and 1:58.92, respectively.
Weaner earned an NCAA provisional cut in the 100y back with a fourth-place 55.90 readout. Farrell was sixth in 57.66, while senior Danyelle Vincent and junior Maria Jugan were seventh (59.05) and eighth (1:01.54), respectively.
King won the 100y breast with the Lady Vols’ first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the year. Her 1:01.19 obliterated her previous personal-best time by one second. Also with a new career best was sophomore Bryttany Curran, who stopped the clock with a third-place 1:04.21. Moravcikova touched the wall fourth in 1:04.68, while sophomore Jamie Saffer came in seventh in 1:05.96.
Magnuson led the Lady Vols, once again, in the 200y fly by posting a fourth-place 2:03.21. Saffer was fifth with a time of 2:04.33. Akerfelds’ seventh-place 2:08.34 scored points for Tennessee, while junior Betsy Lange came in eighth in 2:14.34.
King won her third race of the meet in the 50y freestyle. Her NCAA provisional time of 22.84 was .38 seconds faster than the runner up. Also helping the Tennessee cause were Gehring, who placed fourth in 23.78 and Fehrman, who was seventh in 24.04. Nauta (24.18), Quinn (24.39) and Boncher (24.80) came in eighth, ninth and 11th, respectively.
The Lady Vols were the only diving contingents in the three-meter diving event. Senior Vicky Linnell was well ahead of second-place senior Lauren LeRoy. Linnell’s 328.95 was a new personal high and NCAA zone qualifying score. LeRoy came in second with 274.73 points, while freshman Jill Pierce was third (261.90) and sophomore Staley McCartney was fourth (257.40).
Mathes was the high point-scorer in the 200y IM as she touched the wall in 2:04.42 for third place. Farrell, Curran and McCall also entered the event finishing fifth (2:08.41), sixth (2:09.17) and seventh (2:09.64), respectively.
The last race of the meet was the 400y free relay. UT’s King, Weaner, Gehring and Nauta earned an NCAA provisional time with a runner-up 3:23.14 placement. Quinn, Fehrman, Boncher and Farrell were fourth in 3:30.70, while the foursome of Saffer, Vincent, Lange and Moravcikova was sixth (3:38.00).
Next up for the Lady Vols is the Hoosier Invite in Bloomington, Ind., from Nov. 15-17.