Tennessee junior swimmer Michele King was named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week after winning two individual events and swimming a leg on four victorious relays as UT defeated No. 11 Indiana, No. 19 Michigan and Illinois.
King earned the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.94 and took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a performance of 50.03. Both times were Lady Vol season bests and just off the NCAA “B” cut standard.
The junior from York, Pa., anchored the 200-yard medley relay to victory in an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:41.57 and also participated in the winning 200-yard freestyle (1:32.47), 400-yard freestyle (3:22.85) and 400 medley (3:42.56) relays. The 200 freestyle and 400 free relays both finished with season-best times.
Behind King, the No. 13 Lady Vol swimming and diving team was able to remain undefeated on the season at 8-0 after scoring 1,454 points. Indiana was second with 1,294.5, Michigan third at 714 and Illinois fourth with 186.5.
King is a 10-time All-American and earned runner-up in the 50 freestyle at the 2008 NCAA Championships with a school record performance of 21.86.
Additionally, she has swam a leg on all five school record relay teams, set the Lady Vol record in the 100-yard breast (1:00.46) and was named All-SEC First Team in 2008.
This past summer, she was 10th in the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials and also tied for first in the same event at the U.S. Open, which earned her a spot on the U.S. Team for the 2009 World University Games.
King and the Lady Vols return to action Saturday, Jan. 24, when they welcome Georgia for a 2 p.m. showdown at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.