The men's and women's swim teams garnered a pair of top three finishes at
the SEC championships this weekend in Columbia, S.C.

The sixth-ranked men (676.5) placed second overall behind the favorite
Auburn (754.5) and well ahead of Florida (522).

Junior Ricky Busquets was the top swimmer of the meet, totaling 57
individual points. Freshman Shawn McNew also fared well in a tie for fifth
place individually with 48 points.

The twelvth-ranked women (465) placed third overall, behind first place
Florida (569) and second place Auburn 519.

Junior Nicole deMan was the Lady Vols' top individual scorer with 53
points. Sophomore Leslie Mix finished a tie for sixth place individually,
totaling 50 points. On day two, deMan won the 50-yard freestyle. She
duplicated that feat on day four by winning the 100-yard freestyle.

It was the best finish for the Lady Vols since the third-place finish in
1991. It was their largest point total since the 1990 team. It was also the
largest number of first-place finishes since the 1990 team.

Leading Auburn 327-253 following the second day of competition, the Vols
succumbed on the third day and weren't able to make up the difference on
the final day of competition.

For the men, Jeremy Linn was cast in the spotlight by not only winning the
men's 100-yard breaststroke, but by also setting an SEC record in the
process.