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
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
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
Florida dunks Lady Vols in swimming, diving meet
Published: Tue Feb 09, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:45 p.m.