The Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team defeated Clemson 133-110
Friday at the Student Aquatic Center. The Lady Vols secured their second
victory of the season by sweeping both diving events to move to 2-0
Clemson is now 1-2 in dual meet action on the season.
"Clemson was coming off a big meet against Virginia last week, so we knew
going in that they were going to be a strong opponent," said head coach Dan
Colella. "I'm very proud of the way everybody pulled together and we had a
lot of performances that stood out. One individual that comes to mind is
freshman Elizabeth Philip and her first-place finish in the 500 freestyle.
She, along with many of our girls, helped us get a team win today."
The Lady Vols posted nine first-place finishes, including sweeps of both
the one-meter and three-meter springboard diving events. Philip added two
more first-place finishes, moving her season total to three, with wins in
both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races. She fell just one second
shy of an NCAA provisional qualifying time in both events.
Junior transfer Teresa Moodie also continued to shine for UT, claiming
first place in both sprint freestyle events. Moodie won the 50-yard
freestyle with a time of 23.78 seconds and the 100-yard free in 51.43
Clemson carried the lead through the first five events. Tennessee tied up
the meet at 56 points apiece after one-meter diving when Kathy Pesek, Jane
Woodard and Bethany Minser finished 1-2-3, respectively. Miser added three
key points in her first collegiate meet to give the Lady Vols the winning
edge. Both Pesek and Woodard secured scores that advance them to the NCAA
Zone diving championships in March.
"As a team, we dove exceptionally well," said diving coach Dave Parrington.
"The highlight for us came from Bethany Minser, which was a crucial
third-place performance, and she really stepped it up in her first
collegiate competition. The rest of the team did as expected and helped us
get the win."
The diving trio of Pesek, Woodard and Lizzy Flynt, followed by Minser, took
the top slots in the three-meter competition. Additional first-place
performances for the Lady Vols came from freshman Monica Shannahan, who,
for the second meet in a row, notched two first-place finishes, winning the
200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard breaststroke. Shannahan added 18 points
to the Lady Vol effort in the second leg of the meet to put the squad on
top of the Tigers for good.
Senior All-American Sarah Nichols also recorded a top performance, winning
the 1,000-yard free.
Lady Vols down Clemson at meet
Published: Mon Nov 09, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:41 p.m.