Six Tennessee Lady Vol swimmers have earned bids to the 1999 NCAA Women's

Championships, to be held March 18-20 in the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the

University of Georgia campus in Athens.

Making the trip for Tennessee will be freshmen Monica Shannahan, Kari

Peterson and Elizabeth Philip, sophomore Pam Hanson, junior Teresa Moodie

and senior Sarah Nichols.

Shannahan and Peterson were the only two automatic qualifiers and will make

their trip to the national meet. The pair sprinted to first and second

place finishes, respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly at the SEC

Championships to post "A" standard times.

In addition to the 200 fly, where she holds the 10th best time heading into

the meet and is undefeated this season, Shannahan has also qualified to

compete in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Peterson will also join the

competition in the 100-yard butterfly.

Nichols will be making her fourth appearance at the NCAAs. The six-time

All-American has qualified with provisional times to compete in the

500-yard and 1650-yard freestyle events. She has participated in both

events in each of her previous trips to nationals, placing 10th (1996),

fifth ('97) and eighth ('98) in the mile and advancing to the finals twice

in the 500.

Moodie is a veteran of national championships, having advanced to the NJCAA

meet at Vincennes University the previous two years. A seven-time NJCAA

All-American, Moodie made the list for this year's NCAAs with her

provisional times in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events.

Two more Lady Vols will also be making their first appearances at the

national championships. Hanson recorded new personal bests and provisional

times in both the 100-yard fly and 200-yard backstroke to advance to the

NCAAs. She heads into the backstroke with the 11th best time in the


Philip will wrap up an impressive first season by competing in the 200-,

500- and 1650-yard freestyle events. She recorded the top time on the team

in the 200-yard this season and moved to 10th on the list of all time Lady

Vol performances.

The Tennessee divers will return to the water first, competing at the NCAA

Zone B Championships in Baton Rouge, La., at the LSU Natatorium on Friday

and Saturday.

All five Lady Vol divers have qualified for the regional meet, including

SEC platform champion Kathy Pesek, Lizzy Flynt, Alicia Ball, Jane Woodard

and Bethany Minser.

A total of nine divers from the Zone B meet will advance to the NCAA

Championships the following week at Georgia.