FAYETTEVILLE, Ark, January 18. UNIVERSITY of Tennessee Women’s Head Coach Dan Colella and Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington’s swimming and diving squad dominated the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks, 170-130, at the Arkansas Natatorium in Fayetteville, Ark., as the Big Orange captured 11 of the 16 available event titles. The Lady Vols are now 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference dual meets this season.
“We talked to the team throughout the week about being focused on the process and not just the results and that the results would be there,” Colella said. “That is exactly what happened today. We had great performances across the board with big swims from Jacque Fessel in the backstroke (NCAA Provisional Qualifier in the 200 back), Tiffany Clay in the breaststroke and Megan Tomes in her events. I am proud of their performances. We have two weeks to prepare for Florida and need to keep the ripple effect going from these wins.”
Tennessee opened up the day by capturing the 200y medley relay crown as Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tiffany Clay (Mason, Ohio), Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) clocked a 1:45.25 to win the event. Taryn Ternent (Edenvale, South Africa), Betsy Brockman (Batavia, Ohio), Graciela Breece-Rodriguez (Boulder, Colo.) and Elizabeth Christy (Indianapolis, Ind.) took third in the event with a 1:48.05, while Jessica Blevins (Bluefield, W.Va.), Kristin McGrath (Durango, Colo.), Julia Lutz (Lilburn, Ga.) and Sarah Ridgway (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) turned in a 1:55.07.
In the individual event lid-lifter, Misty Cain (Marietta, Ga.) took second in the 1650y freestyle with a 17:41.77, while Ashley Yeager (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) claimed third with a 17:49.93. Elizabeth Wueste (Norcross, Ga.) rounded out the UT effort in the 1650y free with an 18:54.98. Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) continued her dominance in freestyle events by seizing the 200y freestyle crown with a 1:51.15. Meghan Keefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) took fifth with a 1:57.10, while Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio) and Ridgway posted a 1:57.20 and a 2:06.46, respectively. In the 100y backstroke, Fessel notched another event title with a 56.40, while Ternent came in third with a 58.51 and Blevins clocked a 1:02.97.
Clay blew away the field in the 100y breaststroke with a 1:05.55 clocking, while Christy finished in third with a 1:07.99 and McGrath swam to a 1:12.52 in the event. Next, Breece-Rodriguez claimed the 200y butterfly with a 2:07.30 by beating out Brockman’s second-place 2:07.93. Lutz finished UT’s effort in the 200y fly with a 2:13.93 for third place. Terveer maintained her recent ownership of the 50y freestyle by taking the event with a 23.81 clocking. Ternent ended up in fourth place with a 24.15, while Athayde posted a 25.32.
Parrington’s divers took center stage while the swimmers took a bit of a break. Kylee Wells (Russiaville, Ind.) finished in third place with a 232.80, while Brittany Fulmer (Maryville, Tenn.) took fourth with a 195.825 on the one-meter springboard.
Upon returning to the water, Tomes notched another event triumph in her belt by clocking a 51.78 in the 100y freestyle. Terveer took third in the 100y free with a 52.67, while Keefer swam to fifth place with a 54.57. In the 200y backstroke, Fessel posted an NCAA Provisional Qualifier with a 2:01.74 to smoke the rest of the field in the event. Yeager ended up in fourth with a 2:08.16, while Breece-Rodriguez turned in a 2:15.29. Clay and Brockman took the top-two sports in the 200y breaststroke, as Clay clocked a 2:20.26 and Brockman recorded a 2:25.62. McGrath rounded out the UT presence with a 2:41.67.
Arkansas responded in the 500y freestyle when Whitney Lynn finished first with a 5:03.99, while Cain took runner-up status with a 5:07.86. Lutz also participated in the event with a 5:37.23. The Lady Razorbacks continued their comeback in the 100y butterfly when Zsuzsa Csobanki won with a 57.67, while Breece-Rodriguez took second with a 57.86. Fessel finished in third with a 58.97, while Athayde clocked a fourth-place 59.42. Arkansas’ run at a come-from-behind victory continued on the three-meter springboard, as Mandy Moran swept the diving titles with a 294.525. Wells amassed a third-place 214.65 in the event, while Fulmer turned in a fifth-place 190.35. UT’s Tomes ended the comeback bid with another event triumph by clocking a 2:06.27 in the 200y IM. Christy took second with a 2:09.69, while Clay finished in third with a 2:10.26. Lutz closed out UT’s effort in the event with a 2:18.50.
Tennessee ended the meet like it started by winning the 400y freestyle relay as the squad of Terveer, Ternent, Brockman and Tomes posted a 3:30.45. Keefer, Blevins, Athayde and Christy took third place with a 3:37.48.