The 16th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team

suffered its first two losses of the season on Saturday, falling to No. 7

Auburn 194-158 and to No. 11 Northwestern 186-166 in a double-dual meet in

Auburn, Ala.

The Lady Vols are now 5-2 overall in dual meets on the season and 2-1 in

the Southeastern Conference.

Auburn demonstrated its top-10 ranking by finishing first in nine of 19

events. The Tigers, who finished second at last year's SEC Championships,

claimed first in each of the four relays and also topped Northwestern

201.5-148.5.

The meet did prove to be successful for Tennessee, however, as 18

season-best times were clocked in the Auburn University pool. Sophomore Pam

Hanson recorded a new lifetime best in the 400-yard individual medley, with

a time of 4:24.48, and set a season-best time in the 200-yard backstroke at

2:01.09 for second place.

Both times were NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Freshman Kari Peterson

recorded a season-best and provisional mark in the 200-yard butterfly and a

season-best in the 100-yard fly.

Tanya Felton posted season-best times in three events, the 200-, 100- and

50-yard freestyles, and Teresa Moodie set season bests and bettered her

provisional times in both the 200- and 50-yard freestyles.

Additional lifetime-best marks came from Monica Shannahan in the 400-yard

individual medley and Valerie Conte in the 100-yard backstroke.

Highlighting the meet for the Lady Vols was the performance of sophomore

diver Lizzy Flynt. A transfer from Auburn, Flynt returned to her former

home pool to claim first place in both the one-meter and three-meter

springboards. In front of family and friends in her hometown of Auburn,

Ala., she set a season-best mark on the one-meter with a score of 272.35.

Flynt earned All-America honors as a freshman with the Tigers after

finishing third on the platform at the 1998 NCAA Championships. She has

already qualified for the 1999 Zone B Diving Championships.

Tennessee did see three first-place swimming performances at the meet.

Shannahan topped the competition in the 400-yard individual medley and the

200-yard butterfly. Elizabeth Philip finished first in the 500-yard free

and senior Sarah Nichols cruised to first in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

UT will have a week off before returning to Knoxville on Jan. 30 to host

Georgia in the Student Aquatic Center.