Tennessee, Harvard Win Overall Titles at First Orange Bowl Swimming Classic
-- December 22, 2003
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys, December 22. THE University of Tennessee and Harvard University won overall women's and men's honors respectively Saturday at the inaugural edition of the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic in the Florida Keys.
The Volunteers won nine of a dozen events for women at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, Key Largo's new $3 million community pool and competitive swim training facility. The men's docket had a dozen events as well.
"There were a lot of performances across the board we were excited
about," said Volunteers coach Dan Colella. "The girls have been training down here (in the Keys) for the past eight days and as tired as they were, they stood up."
Florida International University lady swimmers won second overall in
women's while Michigan's Alma College's lady swimmers placed third and their men's team finished second behind Harvard in the men's division.
The swim classic marked the first time the Florida Keys has ever been a
venue for an Orange Bowl Festival event, said Jim Lupino, a Key Largo Chamber of Commerce official.
"We're hoping to secure a five-year contract with the Orange Bowl
(Committee) to bring in a bigger and better meet for the future," Lupino said.
Although not elgible for awards, several Olympic swimmers, including
Gary Hall, Jr., participated in the classic. Hall, an eight-time medalist who holds the American record in the 50 meter freestyle (21.76), easily won the Classic's 50-meter short course freestyle event with a time of 23.42 seconds.
25 meter course
1. University of Tennessee, 713
2. Florida International University, 385.5
3. Alma College, 312.5.
1. Harvard University, 842
2. Alma College, 491
3. Islamorada Swim Team, 81
200 METER MEDLEY RELAY
Women: 1. Tennessee, 2:00.97; Men: Harvard, 1:47.73.
400 METER FREESTYLE
Women: Misty Cain, Tennessee, 4:30.03. Men: David Cromwell, Harvard,
50 METER BUTTERFLY
Women: Jacque Fessel, Tennessee, 29.80. Men: Stavros Michaelides, Race
100 METER BACKSTROKE
Women: Pam Hanson, Un., 1:04.12. Men: David Cromwell, Harvard,
50 METER BREASTSTROKE
Women: Tiffany Clay, Tennessee, 34.34. Men: Joe Christiana, Harvard,
100 METER FREESTYLE
Women: Abbi Terveer, 59.17. Men: Andrew Krna, 54.22
100 METER BUTTERFLY
Women: Jacque Fessel, Tennessee, 1:06.39. Men: Kurt Kull, Islamorada
Swim Team, 1:02.1.
50 METER BACKSTROKE
Women: Pam Hanson, Un., 30.61. Men: Kyle Ritsemsa, Alma, 31.17.
100 METER BREASTSTROKE
Women: Betsy Brockman, Tennessee, 1:17.24. Men: Colin McLaughlin, Alma,
50 METER FREESTYLE
Women: Megan Tomes, Tennessee, 27.77. Men: Gary Hall, Race Club, 23.42
200 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Women: Pam Hanson, Un., 2:18.6. Men: Brent Gostomski, Alma, 2:34.72
200 METER FREESTYLE RELAY
Women: Tennessee, 1:50.57. Men: Alma, 1:49.92