KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Following an outstanding performance at Auburn, Ala., on Nov. 9-10, sophomore Michele King was named the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week, as voted on by the Lady Vol media relations staff. King picked up five wins, five NCAA provisional cuts and one NCAA automatic cut in No. 12 Tennessee’s close loss (146-201) to top-ranked Auburn.
King earned UT’s first NCAA automatic qualifying cut in the 100y breaststroke by taking off exactly one second from her previous personal-best time. The 1:01.19 readout also set a school record, topping former Lady Vol Tiffany Clay’s 1:01.91 time by .72 seconds. She also swam NCAA provisional times in the 50y free (22.84), 100y free (49.86) and as part of the 200y free relay team (1:31.77), 400y free relay team (3:23.14) and 200y medley relay team (1:41.92).
The York, Pa., native was the leading point-scorer for the Lady Vols in three of the four individual events in which she competed. Each relay foursome she was a member of finished first of the UT contingents. She now has the fastest times on the team in the 50y and 100y free, as well as the 100y breast.
As a freshman, King earned four All-America certificates as part of the 200y and 400y free relays, and the 200y and 400y medley relays. She was also a member of the U.S. National Team which competed at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last summer.
King and the rest of the Lady Vols will take part in the Hoosierland Open Invitational this weekend in Bloomington, Ind. The three-day meet will begin on Thurs., Nov. 15.