A pair of seniors took silver medals to highlight the final day of action for the University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team at the Southeastern Conference Championships on Saturday. The Lady Vols finished the meet in fifth place as a team with a total of 320 points while Georgia won its fifth consecutive conference crown by tallying 716 points over second-place Auburn.
Senior Pam Hanson grabbed her third medal of the meet as she finished second in the 200y backstroke with a school-record time of 1:57.12. She broke her own UT record of 1:58.18 set in December of 2000 at the Princeton Invitational with the effort. Hanson is coming off a two-medal performance on Friday as she won the 100y butterfly and finished second in the 100y backstroke. Junior Valerie Conte added points in the 200y back as she finished second in the consolation finals, 10th place overall, in a career-best time of 2:01.03.
After three days of swimming, finishing fifth was not quite what we wanted, but we had a lot of great performances this weekend, Lady Vol swimming coach Dan Colella said. We finished on a high note tonight with Pam Hanson breaking her third school record and we are looking forward to the NCAA Championships.
Tennessee's other medal on the night came from senior Lizzy Flynt in the platform diving contest. She scored a total of 447.55 points to earn her third career silver medal in the platform. Freshman Kylee Wells also advanced to the finals of the platform as she finished fourth with a tally of 427.15 in her SEC platform debut. Tennessee also earned points from sophomore Stacy Binyon, who finished 10th with a tally of 353.80, while sophomore springboard specialist Jaime Sanger finished 14th in 333.20. Sanger won the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 311.70 to highlight the second day of action for UT.
The SEC Championships marked Binyon's second meet of the season as she has fought illness and injury all year.
I am very proud of the job that the women did tonight on the platform, Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. The highlight of the evening was probably Stacy Binyon barely missing the finals and helping the team by scoring points after all she has been through this year with mono and injuries.
Kylee Wells also did a fantastic job by finishing fourth in her first big final. Lizzy Flynt also did a solid job and had very steady diving all day. We are now looking forward to and training for the NCAA Championships.
The one relay of the night saw the team of junior Laura Hancock, senior Azurdee Engel, senior Tanya Felton and Hanson take seventh place with a time of 3:25.04. The team finished third in its heat in the last race of the 2001 championships.