The University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team has re-entered the national top 25 according to the latest edition of the Speedo America/College Swimming Coaches Association poll, which lists the Lady Vols as No. 22 in the nation.
UT earned 26 votes and moved ahead of Northwestern, which was ranked 20th when Tennessee defeated the Wildcats on Jan. 13. Southeastern Conference foe Georgia tops the national poll at No. 1 while Auburn is fifth, Florida is seventh and Kentucky is tied for 24th.
The Lady Vols' next opponent will be No. 7 Florida when the team returns to action for its final dual meet of the season on Feb. 3 in Gainesville. Tennessee's record so far this season is 4-4 overall with a 3-3 mark in the SEC.
Individually for Tennessee, five swimmers have reached NCAA provisional times while senior Pam Hanson has also earned a pair of automatic qualifying marks. Hanson has automatic berths in the NCAA Championships in both the 100-yard and 200 backstroke. She has also earned consideration times in the 200 individual medley, 400 IM and 100 butterfly. Junior Elizabeth Philp has earned a B cut time in the 200 freestyle while junior Cortney Piper has the consideration time in the 500 free. Junior Valerie Conte also has a provisional clocking in the 200 back while junior Monica Shannahan has the NCAA B time in the 200 butterfly and the 400 IM.
The Tennessee divers have also had a strong showing for the Lady Vols. All three healthy divers have each qualified for the NCAA Zone B Championship on at least two boards. Senior Lizzy Flynt, who finished second on the platform at the 2000 NCAA Championship, has qualified on the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform, as has freshman Kylee Wells. Sophomore Jaime Sanger has reached the required scores for both the 1m and 3m competitions.
After the Feb. 3 dual meet against Florida, Tennessee will prepare for the 2001 SEC Championships on Feb. 21-24 at the University of Alabama. The NCAA Zone B Diving Championships will be March 9-11 at the University of Georgia while the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are slated for March 15-17 at the Goodwill Games Aquatic Center in Long Island, N.Y.