Complete Final ResultsBLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The eighth-ranked Lady Vol swimming team ended the fall portion of the 2007-08 season today at the Hoosierland Open Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. Over the course of the three-day meet, several Lady Vols set new career-best times and earned NCAA provisional qualifying cuts. The swimmers will take a break from competition until Jan. 5 when Northwestern comes to Knoxville. The Lady Vol divers, however, will take part in the Texas Diving Invitational from Nov.29-Dec.1.
“We have had a very good fall season,” Lady Vol Head Swimming Coach Matt Kredich said. “I am looking forward to some solid, uninterrupted training for the next six weeks. Our last couple of meets have shown us that we have a lot to work on if we are going to meet our goals at the end of the year. We are excited to get started.”
Prior to the evening finals session in Bloomington, Ind., today, Tennessee competed in its first 1650y freestyle race of the year. Freshman Aleksa Akerfelds set a new personal best with a second-place 16:35.12 in her first time swimming the mile on a collegiate level. The time earned her an NCAA provisional qualifying cut and ranks her eighth on the all-time Lady Vol top-performers list. Also swimming the fastest of her career in the event was sophomore Bryttany Curran. She set a new career-best 17:40.83 in the prelims.
“We did not prepare well or swim well this morning,” Kredich said. “But we did a nice job of coming back tonight with the energy and passion that we expect from Tennessee swimmers.
“Aleksa’s mile set the tone for the night,” Kredich said. “We won some races and had some great swims in the remainder of the finals.”
The freshman trio of Morgan Farrell, Akerfelds and Tricia Weaner led the Orange and White contingents in the prelims of the 200y backstroke. Farrell was seventh in the 2:04.17, but did not compete in the finals. Akerfelds was ninth in the prelims with a season-best 2:04.61 and eighth in the finals (2:07.83). Weaner improved on her prelims time by over three seconds to finish first in the consolation finals (ninth overall) with a time of 2:01.09.
In the 100y freestyle, senior Christine Magnuson was the first of five Tennessee swimmers to qualify for the evening finals session. Magnuson recorded an NCAA provisional cut in the finals with a 50.24 readout to finish in fifth. Junior Carly Mathes was the top contender in the consolation finals by registering a season-best 50.92 time. Juniors Brittany Nauta and Katie Gehring were 11th (51.65) and 13th (52.19), respectively. Junior Ashley Quinn swam her third career-best time of the meet by placing 20th in 52.49.
Three Lady Vols qualified for the finals of the 200y breast in junior Sarah McCall, and sophomores Curran and Jamie Saffer. McCall swam a season-best time in both sessions, finishing a team-high 11th (2:21.76) in the finals. Curran was 14th in 2:24.37, while Saffer did not compete in the finals.
In the 200y fly, Mathes and Saffer represented Tennessee in the championship finals. Saffer was 12th (2:02.91), while Mathes touched the wall 14th in 2:04.43.
Tennessee concluded the meet on a high note by placing second in the 400y free relay. Magnuson, Nauta, Gehring and Mathes recorded UT’s best time of the season in the event (3:22.00) and earned an NCAA provisional cut. The foursome of Quinn, Weaner, senior Brooke Boncher and Farrell finished seventh in 3:30.77.
The Lady Vols go into their winter training session with a No. 8 ranking by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and a 3-1 dual meet record.