KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, February 26. FRESHMAN Brooke Watson's pool-record swim in the 200y fly was the highlight for the 13th-ranked Tennessee women's swimming and diving team on the first day of the Tennessee Championship Qualification "Last Chance" Meet on Friday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Watson shaved nearly two seconds off her previous season-best time in the 200 fly, touching in 1:58.96, an NCAA B-cut performance in the prelims. Her swim broke Florida Gator Jemma Lowe's Allan Jones Aquatic Center record of 1:59.07 set on Jan. 29.
The 200y free relay team of sophomore Jenny Connolly, freshman Kelsey Floyd, sophomore Caitlin Perks and senior Michele King also registered a fantastic performance, winning its prelim heat with a season-best and NCAA B-cut mark of 1:30.28.
UT had one other season-best B-cut performance as sophomore Tori Richmond swam her fastest 200y IM (2:01.19) race of the season during the morning prelims.
Freshman Sloane Pitman finished just behind Richmond in the 200y IM, recording a career-best clocking of 2:03.17.
Sophomore Maddie Garrett and freshman Kathryn Sampson recorded season-bests in the finals of the 200y fly, finishing in 2:02.97 and 2:04.56, respectively. Watson won the final with another B-cut time (1:59.85).
Sophomore Caitlin Perks also nabbed a season-best in the prelims of the 100y free (50.50), while junior Morgan Farrell scored an NCAA B-cut time in a 100y back time trial (54.67).
The Last Chance Meet, which wraps up on Saturday, features only swimming events and will give competitors a final opportunity to earn season-best performances in an effort to rise up the national lists before the NCAA Championships participants are announced next Wednesday.
Purdue is hosting the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships from March 18-20 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday's event prelims will begin at 10 a.m. with finals starting at 6 p.m.
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