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Diane Tennison
  • Senior
  • Butterfly/Freestyle
  • Lafayette, La.
  • All-American
  • Club Coach: Mike Gurzi
Career Best Times:
Long Course
100-meter Fly - 1:02.42
200-meter Fly - 2:17.95
50-meter Free - 27.29
100-meter Free - 58.16
200-meter Free - 2:05.65
Short Course
100-yard Fly - 54.68
200-yard Fly - 2:00.95
50-yard Free - 23.98
100-yard Free - 50.29
200-yard Free - 1:49.29

UF All-Time Ranking: First, third and fifth as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.18, 1:30.51, 1:30.59)...Ninth in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:18.50).

National/International Competition: Finished 18th in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.76) and 28th in the 200-yard butterfly (2:22.93) at the 2002 U.S. Open...Member of the 400- and 800-meter freestyle relay teams that placed 13th (3:54.29) and 15th (8:24.82), respectively at the 2002 summer Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla....Competed in the Sarasota Invitational, Charlotte Ultra Swim and the Long Island Grand Prix...Swam in the finals of the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly and the preliminary heats of the 200-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle, in addition to swimming the lead-off leg of the third place 800-meter freestyle relay team at the 2000 U.S. Open...At the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, competed in the 200-meter butterfly preliminary event, and the 100- and 200-meter freestyle preliminary events...Won the 200 free at the 1998 Junior Nationals with a time of 1:50.13...A 1998 Olympic trial qualifier in the 100 fly...Attended the U.S. Swimming Select Camp in 1996 and '98...Placed third and ninth in the 100 free and 50 free, respectively, at the 1998 Junior National meet.

At Florida:
2002-03:
Earned All-America honors as the anchor of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished fifth, touching the wall in a time of 1:30.58...Named to the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll...Earned five All-SEC honors in the 100-yard freestyle, 100- and 200-yard butterfly and as a member of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams...Registered three top-15 finishes at the 2003 SEC Championships, including a 10th place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.68...Also placed 13th and 14th in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly events with times of 50.67 and 2:01.69, respectively...Anchor of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that ranks third in school history after finishing with a time of 1:30.51 at the SEC meet...Swam 10 top-three times in dual meet competition...Swam an NCAA provisional time of 2:02.23, placing second in the 200-yard butterfly against South Carolina...Recorded two season best times against Auburn in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles touching the wall in 23.98 and 51.25, respectively...

2001-02: Earned an All-America honor as the anchor of the 400-yard freestyle relay...Posted a collegiate best time of 1:49.28 at the NCAA Championships in the 200-yard freestyle...Member of the 2002 SEC Academic Honor Roll...Named to the All-SEC team as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay...Scored in the championship heat in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly at the SEC Championships ... Posted 14 top-three finishes out of a possible 24 competitions...Had two championship swims on the season in the 50-yard freestyle (24.15) against Kentucky, a personal best, and in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.24) against Florida State...Runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.14) against Alabama and in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.47) against Penn State...Finished runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle (51.68) and placed third in the 50-yard freestyle (24.38) versus Florida Atlantic...Placed second in the 200-yard freestyle against Clemson and Miami/Indian River in times of 1:52.20 and 1:52.47, respectively.

2000-2001: Named Academic All-SEC for 2000...Earned an All-America honor as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team at the 2001 NCAA Championships...Swam a collegiate best time of 2:01.86 in the prelims of the 200-yard butterfly at the 2001 SEC Championships...Set a new collegiate best time of 24.26 in the 50-yard freestyle with a third place finish against Tennessee...Anchored the 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 3:25.67 and secured Florida's win over Texas...Recorded a fourth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (57.19) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.23) against Auburn and Arizona State...A member of the 400-yard medley relay team that recorded a fourth place finish with a time of 3:53.30 at Auburn ...Won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.90 and anchored the second-place 200-yard medley team against TCU ...Swam the lead-off leg of the third-place 400-yard medley relay team against SMU.

1999-2000: Competed in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100- and 200-meter butterfly at NCAAs...Earned All-America honors as a member of the ninth-place 800-meter freestyle, the 13th-place 400-meter freestyle and the 16th place 200-meter medley relay teams...Scored in all three events (200y free, 100y and 200y butterfly) she competed in at SECs...Placed sixth in both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly with times of 55.61 and 2:02.51, respectively, at the conference meet...Was a member of the three third-place relay teams at SECs (200y medley, 400y and 800y freestyle relays)...Had the team's best time in the 100-yard butterfly (55.16).

Club: Member of Lafayette Swim Club and coached by Mike Gurzi.

High School: A 1999 graduate of Lafayette HS...A four-time Louisiana State Champion...State record-holder in the 200 freestyle...Also holds six school records...Named Swimmer of the Year...1995 and '98 team captain and received the coaches award.

Personal: Born Diane Elizabeth Tennison on June 15, 1981 in Lafayette, La....Daughter of Dan and Kristi Tennison ...Engaged to former Gator men's swimmer Duncan Sherrard...Majoring in Sport Management.


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