The No. 18 University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team

concluded the weekend meets by racking up first-place finishes on Sunday.

The swimmers notched four top performances at the Indiana University

Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., including two wins from sophomore Monica

Shannahan. At the same time, junior diver Lizzy Flynt grabbed hold of first

on the platform at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga. Both squads

closed out the fall schedule of competition.

Although they added nearly 230 points on their final total, the Lady Vol

swimmers remained in third place at Indiana. Missouri maintained the lead

to take the title in the five-team event with 1,158 points, followed by

meet host Indiana with 912.5 points. But Tennessee's presence did not go

unnoticed, due in part to Shannahan's success. She claimed victories in

back-to-back events, respectively, the 200-meter breaststroke and the

200-meter butterfly. Her times were season-bests and were both just shy of

NCAA qualifying marks.

Also notching a win for the Lady Vols was junior Pam Hanson. UT went on to

close out the meet strong, winning the 400-meter freestyle relay, the final

event of the weekend.

For the Tennessee divers, the Georgia Invitational proved to be a good trip

all around. Flynt claimed a solid first place on the platform, recording a

score of 533.25, a season-best mark. On Saturday, she took third on the

three-meter springboard and opened the meet with a sixth place mark on the

one-meter. Sophomore Bethany Minser was the only other Lady Vol competitor

on the tower. She finished in third place with a score of 373.70. Also

strong on the weekend for UT was junior Jane Woodard, who took third on the

three-meter on Friday.

Upon the return to Knoxville, both the swimmers and divers face a

month-long break on their schedule. The divers will no longer be competing

in the Cajun Classic. They will be the first to hit the water in the new

millennium when they travel to the Texas All-American Invitational on Jan.

5-9. The two units will join forces again on Jan. 15 for a double-dual

against Northwestern and Auburn in Evanston, Ill.

Vols take second at Georgia Invitational

The 11th-ranked Tennessee swimming and diving team finished second at

the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga. as Michael Gilliam claimed his

third individual title of the weekend and Gabi Chereches and the 400

freestyle relay claimed titles on Sunday. The Vols finished with 957.5

points as host Georgia took the team title with 1101 points. Alabama took

third with 594 points.

For the weekend, UT posted 11 NCAA provisional qualifying times and won

nine events. Gilliam and Ross Powells led the way with a pair of qualifying

times each. Gilliam posted qualifying marks in the 100 meter freestyle and

100-meter backstroke while Powells met the NCAA standard in the 100 and 200

meter backstroke events.

Gabi Chereches claimed the championship in the platform diving with a score

of 656.30. A pair of Vols posted qualifying marks in the 200-meter

butterfly. Freshman Greg Simpson was sixth while classmate Jason Baxter

finished 15th.