The University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team defeated the University of Kentucky, 142-101, Friday in the team's first traditional dual meet of the season. The Lady Vols improve to 3-2 on the year and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
Tennessee opened the meet with a victory in the 400y medley relay with a squad of junior Bianca Jones, junior Monica Shannahan, senior Pam Hanson and senior Tanya Felton. The unit recorded a time of 3:51.74. In the 1000y freestyle, junior Cortney Piper took the top honors with a time of 10:14.21 while senior Azurdee Engel took third in 10:22.51 and freshman Raellen Arnold finished fourth in 10:32.00.
In the 200y free, UT swept second through fourth places as junior Elizabeth Philp took second in 1:53.03 while Felton was third in 1:53.65 and sophomore Bethany Hall was fourth in 1:55.12. Junior Laura Hancock also had a strong showing for the Lady Vols as she took second in the 50y free with a time of 24.46 while sophomore Sara Wingfield finished third in 24.74. Hanson picked up another victory on the night as she won the 200y individual medley while clocking in at 2:04.63 while teammate Valerie Conte finished third in 2:07.66.
Shannahan picked up her second victory of the evening, as well, with a win in the 200y butterfly in a time of 2:03.35. Hall came back in the 100y free to finish second with a mark of 53.12 while Jones took fourth in 53.88. The Lady Vols swept the top two spots in the 200y backstroke as Hanson notched her third win of the day in a time of 2:01.24 followed by Conte in second with a mark of 2:03.69.
In the 500y free, Philp came in second with a time of 5:01.65 followed by Engel in fourth in a time of 5:05.15. In the final individual event of the night, Shannahan finished third in the 200y breaststroke with a mark of 2:23.19 while sophomore Nicole Brannock finished fourth in 2:23.22. Tennessee rounded out the swimming competition with a win in the 400y free relay with a time of 3:31.95 from the squad of Hall, Philp, Jones and Hancock.
I am really excited about the win today, head swimming coach Dan Colella said. It was nice to come up here, put up some good times and have some really outstanding performances including Pam Hanson in the 200y IM and the 200y backstroke and Val Conte in the 200y IM. The divers also did very well in winning both boards after Kentucky won both events in its upset of our team last year in Knoxville.
The Lady Vols dominated the diving competition, as they did during the team's first meeting of the year at the SEC Eastern Division Dual Meet Extravaganza. Sophomore Jaime Sanger remains undefeated on the year in the 1-meter as she took the event with a score of 288.65 while teammate senior Lizzy Flynt finished second with a score of 260.15. The order was switched on the 3-meter as Flynt won with a mark of 300.30 while Sanger finished second with 292.60.
Tennessee will take a brief break from competition before the divers head to the Indiana Invitational on Nov. 17-19. The swimmers will return to the pool at the Princeton Invitational on Dec. 1-3.