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
UT swim teams place high
Published: Tue Dec 07, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:05 p.m.