Paced by senior Monica Shannahan's pair of victories, the University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team finished second at the Indiana University Invitational.
The Lady Vols finished with 991.5 points, behind No. 17 Indiana, which had 1,332.50 points.
Shannahan won the 200-yard breaststroke and 200y butterfly in back-to-back close races after finishing second in both preliminaries. The San Diego, Calif., native won the 200y breast in a time of 2:21.28 and the 200y fly in 2:02.64 after trailing during each of the contests. In the 200y breast, freshman Valerie Fenter continued her strong invitational debut, as she took second in a time of 2:22.14. Tennessee's next finisher in the 200y butterfly was freshman Livia Trevisan, who was sixth in 2:05.81 after winning the morning preliminaries.
"We ended this three-day meet on a strong note with some really good performances today," Lady Vols swimming coach Dan Colella said. "Monica Shannahan's wins in a pair of events with come-from-behind finishes were great. Overall, I think this was a productive weekend. I think our team learned a lot of things about what we need to work on before SECs and NCAAs."
The UT divers continued their strong performances as sophomore All-American Kylee Wells took second on the platform with a score of 394.65 while junior Stacy Binyon finished a career-best third with a tally of 348.95. In the Lady Vols' first platform competition of the season, the Tennessee contingent only finished behind 2001 U.S. Senior National Champion Trisha Tumlinson of Kentucky who notched a score of 402.30.
"I am pretty happy overall with our first platform competition of the year," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "We had a little inconsistency today, but we made positive strides overall. For the weekend, I am extremely proud of the team and their wins in three events. We took this opportunity to try some new dives and to simulate the long days of diving that we will see at the SECs and NCAAs. Under trying conditions, I am proud of their efforts and I think that we performed well."
Back in the pool, senior Valerie Conte continued to help the UT cause as she finished second in the 200y backstroke with a time of 2:04.50 while junior Sara Wingfield paced the Lady Vols in the 100y freestyle with a fifth-place finish in 53.04.
The evening's only other individual event, the 1650y free, saw a trio of UT swimmers finish sixth, seventh and eighth. Junior Lindsey Brock led the Tennessee unit with a time of 17:17.75 for sixth. The last event of the night, the 200y freestyle relay, saw Tennessee's top team finish second in 3:31.93. The runner-up squad consisted of Wingfield, junior Courtney Naparlo, junior Bethany Hall and Trevisan.
Tennessee's swimmers will next be in action over the weekend of Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the U.S. Open on Long Island in New York. The divers' next competition will be at the Arkansas Invitational that same weekend.
Vols divers excel in Indy
Tennessee freshman Sal Vilardo and junior Jake Dorsey placed second and fourth in the 10-meter platform diving competition Sunday to close out the Indiana Diving Invitational.
Vilardo scored 451.25 points, putting him in second place behind Kentucky's Clayton Moss (475.95). Dorsey, who finished fifth on the 3-meter board Saturday, scored a 406.20 giving him fourth place behind Kentucky's Aaron Kirkpatrick (448.75).
"For our first diving invitational, I was pleased, " head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "We could have been a little more consistent, but we competed well in a quality field."
The Tennessee divers will be back in action Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Fayetteville, Ark. for the Arkansas Diving Invitational.
Tennessee freshman Phillip Jones took the top honors of the day for the Volunteers on Saturday, winning the 3-meter. Jones scored a career best 586.90 points in the U.S. Open Diving Invitational, giving him the top spot. Dorsey also gave a career best performance, finishing with 492.45 points, giving him fifth place for the day.
"I am really pleased with how we dove today," Vols diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Phillip Jones and Jake Dorsey both dove to career bests. I'm really happy with the way they competed."