The No. 15 University of Tennessee Lady Vols swimming and diving team (5-4,

2-3 SEC) fell to the No. 10 Florida Gators (7-2, 2-2 SEC), 156-87, on

Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium in both teams' final

dual meet of the regular season.

Florida jumped out to an early lead, claiming the top slot in the first

five events. Tennessee's only first-place performance came from freshman

Monica Shannahan in the 200-yard butterfly with a season-best time of

2:00.33 to better her NCAA provisional mark.

She was followed by freshman Kari Peterson, finishing second in the event

with a time of 2:02.14. The meet was the Lady Vols' fourth loss of the

season and they remain winless against the Gators in the all-time series,

which Florida leads 14-0.

Tennessee was narrowly out-touched at the wall in several events, including

the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle. Junior Teresa Moodie finished less than

two-tenths of a second behind Florida's Leah Martindale in both

events.

Moodie's time of 23.19 seconds in the 50-yard free was a new season best as

well as a lower NCAA consideration standard. Overall, the Lady Vols posted

14 season-best performances.

Tennessee did close the gap slightly in the diving events. Senior Kathy

Pesek took second on both the one- and three-meter boards and Lizzy Flynt

finished third on both boards. Florida's Robing Grimes claimed first place

in each of the diving events with season-best scores.

The Lady Vols now head to the 1999 SEC Championships, running Feb. 17-20 in

Lexington, Ky.

Tennis falls to Arkansas

Tennessee dropped its second match ever versus Arkansas, falling 7-2 to

the No. 14 Lady Razorbacks on Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark.

UT freshman Dana Noel registered her third singles victory of the dual

season as she netted a 6-4, 6-3 win over Adriana Garcia in No. 5 singles.

The win improves Noel to 3-1 in singles this year.

Seeing her first singles action of the season, junior Candy Reid registered

Tennessee's other victory as she defeated Louise Ostling, 7-5, 7-6 (3) at

the No. 6 position.

Freshman Alison Ojeda suffered her first singles loss of the season as she

fell 6-3, 2-6, 3-6 to Maria Pavlidou at No. 2 singles.

Tennessee will next be in action on Saturday as they host No. 9 Wake Forest

before No. 49 Michigan rolls into town for a Valentine's Day affair on

Sunday. Both matches will begin at noon at the Goodfriend Tennis

Center.