provisional qualifying standard and established ten indoor personal bests
on Saturday, as the squad participated in the Rod McCravy Memorial at the
University of Kentucky's E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse.
High jumper Michelle Elfervig started the day off in a positive manner
for the 15th-ranked Lady Vols, as she captured her event with a leap of
5-06.50 (1.69 meters). The junior from Germantown, Tenn., who is off to
the best start of her collegiate career, finished third and second in her
first two meets this season.
Other first-place performances included Tracy Carrington's personal best
in the pole vault (10-8), Anissa Campbell's personal record in the 55m (6.99
seconds) and Kelli White's NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 23.84 in
the 200m. Campbell also recorded the fastest time in the 55m preliminaries,
crossing the line in a then-career best of 7.03.
A pair of Big Orange competitors earned third-place accolades, including
Beth Gehring, who tied her top college indoor mark when she cleared 10-0,
and Erica Witter, who turned in a 24.24 reading in the 200m. UT's lone fourth-place
citation belonged to Saidah Jones, who registered a 56.54 in the 400m.
Others who posted career-best marks were Lesly Love in the 200m (25.11),
first-time competitor Lauren Bogaty in the 3000m (11:13.07), Marquita Knight
in the triple jump (11.37m) and Quintessa Harps (7.10), Jabeanna Morris
(7.12) and Knight (7.29) in the 55m.
After competing in three consecutive meets and continuous rigorous training,
head coach Myrtle Ferguson's troops take a much-needed break next weekend.
They resume action Feb. 13-14 when they travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to
take part in the Canon IV Classic.
UT swimming and diving loses to Georgia
The UT swimming and diving team fell to No. 4 Georgia on Saturday in
a matchup of top-10-ranked conference foes. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs defeated
the No. 6 Vols by a 138.5-104.5 margin, marking the first time that Georgia
has beaten the Vols. Tennessee's all-time series record against the Bulldogs
now stands at 22-1.
The Vols won the meet's first event, the 400 medley relay, to grab the
early lead. Georgia then reeled off five consecutive wins to build a mountainous
lead. Freshman Zane DeWitz finally broke the string by winning the 200 butterfly,
an event in which the Vols claimed the top three spots. However, the Bulldog
(5-1) advantage proved too great for the Vols to overcome.
Other winners for Tennessee included Jeremy Linn in the 200 breaststroke
(2:00.98) and Gabi Chereches in the three-meter diving event (332.55).
Tennessee (4-2, 1-1 SEC) returns home next weekend to take on the Florida
Gators at the Student Aquatic Center. The Vols' final home meet of the season
is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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