Senior Pam Hanson broke her second Tennessee varsity swimming record in as many days, while senior diver Lizzy Flynt won the platform competition as the University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving teams completed two separate invitational events.
The swimmers competed at the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey while the divers were at the Alabama Invitational in Tuscaloosa.
Hanson clocked a time of 1:58.18 in the 200-yard backstroke to break Fabiola Molina's record of 1:58.35 set at the 1998 Southeastern Conference Championships. Hanson also reached the NCAA automatic qualifying standard with her event-winning time.
Junior Val Conte finished just behind Hanson in third place with a time of 2:02.48, which was good enough for the NCAA B cut.
Junior Monica Shannahan reached an NCAA B standard as she finished second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.42.
We finished this competition on a good note tonight, Lady Vol head swimming coach Dan Colella said. I am pleased with the performances that our team put forth at this meet. We now have a good idea of where we are and we know what we need to work on between now and the conference championships. Overall, I think I can call this meet a success.
In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Nicole Brannock finished third with a time of 2:20.47 while Shannahan took fifth with a mark of 2:21.81.
Senior Tanya Felton led the way for the Lady Vols in the 100 free with a fourth-place finish in a time of 51.67.
Wrapping up action in Princeton, the 400 medley relay team finished second with a time of 3:28.41 from a squad of freshman Katie Melka, junior Laura Hancock, sophomore Bethany Hall and Felton. The second UT team composed of Hanson, Engel, Philp and sophomore Sara Wingfield took third with a clocking of 3:28.79.
As a team, the Lady Vols finished third but were competing without the points from the diving squad. UT amassed 908.50 to finish behind Brown with 925 points and Princeton with 1,103.50 points. The Lady Vols defeated Villanova and America.
At the Alabama Invitational, Flynt won the platform competition with a score of 443.75 while freshman Kylee Wells finished second with a total of 372.20.
We could have performed a little better today on the platform, we came here today to get some experience at the sight of the conference championships, Lady Vol diving coach Dave Parrington said. We accomplished that goal and now have some areas to focus on as we head into our winter training break.
Tennessee will not be in action again until Dec. 18-19 as the teams have winter training competitions. The swimmers will compete at the Aruba Invitational on Dec. 18 while the divers will be at the Hawaii Diving Invitational on Dec. 19.