The fifth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers kicked off the 1998-99 dual-meet

season with a 140-100 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington. The

Vols grabbed the lead in the afternoon's first event, taking first and

second in the 400 medley relay, and never trailed as they swam several

exhibitions in the meet's waning moments.

The Vols were led by sophomore Zane DeWitz and Shannon Roy, who each

claimed two victories. DeWitz won the 200 individual medley in a time of

1:53.74 and followed with a winning 200 backstroke time of 1:53.52. Roy

swept the diving events by scoring 297.15 off the one-meter board and

313.95 in the three-meter event.

Kentucky's Macon White won a pair of events for the Wildcats, taking the

100 freestyle in a time of 46.36 and the 200 freestyle in a time

1:42.02.

Other notable efforts for the Vols included Lance Asti winning the 50

freestyle (20.64) in an event that saw the Vols grabbing the top three

spots. Asti was followed by teammates Adam Engle (20.74) and Rodney Panek

(20.93). Also winning individual events were Steve Cromer in the 1000 free

(9:35.35), David Rozado in the 200 fly (1:56.25) and Allen Jones in the 200

breaststroke (2:09.82).

Tennessee returns home to the Student Aquatic Center on Nov. 6 to face

18th-ranked Virginia at 4:30 p.m.

Lady Vols swimmers and divers win

Tennessee's women's swimming and diving team opened up the 1998-99

season with a 140-103 victory over the University of Kentucky in Lexington,

Ky., at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on Friday. The Lady Vols saw a total

of 10 first-place finishes, including three NCAA Championship B standard

times.

Junior transfer Teresa Moodie recorded two individual first-place

performances in her first meet as a Lady Vol. She topped the competition in

both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, posting NCAA B standard

qualifying times in both events. Her 50 free time of 23.37 seconds was also

a new pool record.

Freshman Monica Shannahan claimed first place in two events at her first

collegiate meet. She recorded the top time in the 200-yard individual

medley and in the 200-yard breaststroke, adding 18 points to the Lady Vol

effort. Shannahan also finished second in the 200-yard butterfly with an

NCAA provisional time of 2:00.79, moving her into fourth place on the list

of all-time Lady Vol performers.

"I couldn't have been happier with the start of the season," said head

coach Dan Colella. "It was great seeing several athletes step up and do a

great job right at the beginning of the season. Monica Shannahan and Teresa

Moodie both did an incredible job making provisional cuts. This meet gives

us an idea of some of the things we need to work on for the rest of the

season."

Two additional Lady Vols posted first-place swimming performances. Freshman

Elizabeth Philp finished first in the 200-yard freestyle and sophomore Jane

Woodard finished first on the one-meter springboard. Senior Kathy Pesek

claimed the top spot in the three-meter. The Lady Vols also notched wins in

both relay events, the 400-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle.

The Lady Vols return to action on Nov. 6 at home in the Student Aquatic

Center with a dual meet against Clemson at 2 p.m.

Vols change exhibition schedule

Tennessee will play the Hungarian National Team Nov. 9 at

Thompson-Boling Arena. The Hungarians replace the Puerto Rican National

Team that recently canceled its American collegiate preseason tour. The

tipoff for the UT-Hungarian exhibition remains at 7:30 p.m. (EST).

The Volunteers open their 1998-99 exhibition season with a Nov. 5 date

against the California All-Stars at Thompson-Boling Arena, also at 7:30

p.m. Tennessee, coming off a 20-9 season a year ago, begins its regular

season Nov. 13 against Arizona in Albuquerque, N.M., in the annual Black

Coaches Association Classic. The Vols return home two days later (Nov. 15)

for their home opener against Tennessee State in a 3 p.m. game.

"Wilt" forced to quit Lady Vols

Tennessee Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt announced Friday that

junior center LaShonda Stephens was giving up basketball.

"LaShonda's knees have bothered her to a point where it was just too

painful to keep playing," Summitt said. "After consulting the training

staff and physicians, she decided to discontinue playing. We will miss

her."

Stephens was evaluated by team orthopedist Dr. William T. Youmans on

Thursday. "Basically, Dr. Youmans told me that my knees were more arthritic

and had continued to degenerate. Based on his advice, I decided that it was

in my best interest to discontinue playing," Stephens said. "I will still

be a member of the team, but I will be contributing in a different

capacity."

The 6'3" pivot player from Woodstock, Ga., was the starting center on the

1998 NCAA Champion Lady Vol team that produced a perfect 39-0 record.

Stephens averaged 4.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while starting in 31

of 39 games. She recorded a career high of 14 points against Liberty in the

NCAA playoffs.