The Tennessee swimming and diving finished the 2000 NCAA Swimming and

Diving Championships tied for seventh place with Minnesota.

Texas won the overall title with 538 points with Auburn (385) and Arizona

(360.5) rounding out the top three. The Vols, who entered the meet ranked

10th, equaled their finish from last season and scored 219 team points to

last season's total of 171.

Tennessee head coach John Trembley has now finished among the nation's top

10 in 11 of his 12 seasons at the helm. The Vols scored in four of the

seven events held on the final day.

The 400 freestyle relay team finished in 12th place as the foursome of

Chris Hussey, Michael Gilliam, Jeremy McDonnell and Ross Powells reached

the wall in a time of 3:16.65.

Gabi Chereches finished fifth in the platform diving competition. The

junior totaled 503.90 points in the finals to earn his second All-America

honor of the meet.

Two other Vols scored on the final day of competition. Senior co-captain

Powells finished 13th in the 200 backstroke while Zane DeWitz was 10th in

the 200 butterfly.

Ten Volunteers combined to earn 17 All-America honors on the weekend.

Tennessee also earned 19 honorable-mention All-America honors.