AUBURN, Ala. - Junior Kylee Wells placed 11th on the platform to earn the second All-America honor of her career, helping Tennessee to an 18th-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday.
Tennessee finished the meet with 60 points to place 18th overall, while Auburn won it second-straight NCAA title with 536 points.
Wells registered a score of 391.35 on the platform, more than 60 points below her season-high total of 452.95 when she captured the SEC title.
Wells is only the third Lady Vol to become a two-time All-American on the platform, joining former NCAA Champions Tracy Bonner and Kathy Pesek in that group.
In the pool, freshmen Jacque Fessel and Noelle Bassi narrowly missed the finals of their respective events Saturday.
Fessel posted a time of 1:58.76 in the 200y back to finish 17th, one spot shy of qualifying for the finals. Bassi, meanwhile, turned the best time of her career in the 200y fly with a 1:59.01 but came up two places short of the finals with a finish of 18th.
The Lady Vols notched a pair of top-eight finishes during day two of the NCAAs on Friday, as Fessel placed seventh in the 100y back and senior Jaime Sanger finished eighth on the three-meter springboard.
Fessel clocked a time of 54.19 in the 100y back prelims to break her own school record in the event, before posting a time of 55.01 in the finals and earning her first All-America honor.
Fessel's performance marks the highest finish by a Lady Vol in a swimming event at the NCAA Championships since Sara Nichols placed seventh in the 1650y free in 1999.
Sanger tallied a score of 473.90 on the 3m Friday to earn her fourth career All-America certificate. Teammate Lauryn McCalley, who placed fifth on the 1m, registered a 33rd-place finish on the 3m.
Sanger got off to a strong start at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, placing second on the one-meter springboard, while McCalley captured fifth place.
The career-best score allowed Sanger to break her own school record, as she now holds the top six 1m scores ever recorded by a Lady Vol.
McCalley recorded a score of 311.70, far surpassing her previous career-best of 288.00. The performance ranks McCalley second in UT history on the 1m and betters her previous high finish of seventh at the 2002 NCAA Championships.
The overall finish is UT's best at NCAAs since 1999, when the Lady Vols also placed 18th. Tennessee has now finished among the top-20 teams at 18 of the 22 NCAA Championships meets since the inaugural contest in 1982.
Rowing splits with Minnesota
The Tennessee rowing team officially opened its spring season by winning the 2nd Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ races against visiting Minnesota on Saturday, but fell to the Lady Gophers in the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+.
The Lady Vols return to action Saturday against Louisville at Fort Loudon Lake.
Lady Vols place well at NCAAs
Published: Mon Mar 24, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:57 p.m.