Sanger second at SEC meet

Jaime Sanger's runnerup finish in 3-meter diving and a school record in the 200y medley relay sparked the Lady Vols to fourth place after Day 1 of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Sanger (Plymouth, Minn.) recorded a total of 516.00 points, a career-best score that ranks her sixth for the event in UT history.

''Jaime hadn't dove all that well on the three-meter yet this year, so it was probably a little bit of a surprise to some people that she placed second,'' Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. ''I do have some mixed emotions because with the way things were going in the finals, I thought she had a chance at the title, but we canât be too upset with second.''

Sophomore Lauryn McCalley followed closely behind Sanger, placing fourth in the finals with a tally of 510.55. McCalley recorded the highest score of the preliminary competition with a 526.20, which is the second best of her career and the fourth-highest total ever recorded by a Lady Vol. Her best score of 532.32 is third highest in school history.

''With the way Lauryn dove earlier in the prelims, I thought she had set herself up very well for the finals,'' Parrington said. ''She made a couple of little errors here and there, and those small mechanical mistakes cost her the title.''

UT's 200y medley relay squad clocked a 1:42.96 to break the 14-year-old school record of 1:43.04 set at the NCAA Championships in 1989. The Lady Vol quartet of freshman Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Courtney Naparlo (Williamsburg, Va.), freshman Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and freshman Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) brought Tennessee a sixth place finish in the event.

''Jacque started us off with the fastest leadoff split in school history (25.56),'' UT Head Coach Dan Colella said. ''Everyone did a great job, and setting a school record is a fantastic way for us to kick off this meet.''

In the 800y free relay, the Orange-clad squad of freshmen Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio), Kara Boland (Lafayette Hill, Pa.), Noelle Bassi (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and senior Bethany Hall (Knoxville, Tenn.) placed ninth with a season-best time of 7:32.30.

South Carolina leads the meet after three events with a score of 92, followed by Auburn with 87, Alabama 83, Tennessee 79, Georgia 75, LSU 70, Florida 64, Arkansas 62 and Kentucky 51.

Competition continues at the SEC Championships today with the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free, 200y free relay, women's 1m springboard and men's 3m springboard.


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