Tennessee senior Jeremy Linn put a nice finishing touch on his reign as

the SEC's top breaststroke swimmer as he claimed the 100 breaststroke title

for the fourth consecutive year.

Linn's winning time of 53.70, a season best, placed him among swimming

legends Rowdy Gaines and Mike Heath as the only swimmers to win the same

event four years in a row.

As a team, Tennessee finished in third place at the SEC Swimming and

Diving Championships in Gainesville, Fla., with 515 team points. Auburn

claimed the team title with 858.5 points and Georgia placed second with


The third place finish is the lowest for the Vols since 1994. Tennessee

had two individual champions at the meet: Linn and Shannon Roy, who took

the three-meter diving title. Tennessee head diving coach Dave Parrington

was named Diving Coach of the Year.

Other top performances for the Vols on the final day of competition included

Matt Hall, who finished third in the 200 butterfly (1:46.78), and Linn,

Diamond Vols Split Pair With Mercer

Tennessee rebounded from a tough 14-13, 10-inning loss to Mercer University

on Friday with a convincing 14-2 triumph on Saturday in Macon, Ga.

No. 11 Tennessee pounded out 15 hits, including 12 for extra bases, and

got five home runs to even the three-game series at a game apiece. (Results

of yesterday's game were not available at press time.)

Luke Hudson (3-1) picked up the win for the Vols, who improved to 7-2

on the season. Hudson tied his career high with 12 strikeouts while allowing

two runs on six hits. Justin Ross tied the school record with three doubles

in the game with a 3-for-4 day and a run batted in.

Donnie Ross slugged his third home run of the season in the third and

solo home runs by Sonny Cortez and Eduardo Figueroa gave the Vols a commanding

9-1 lead in the fourth.

Jeff Pickler's two-run homer and Justin Ross' double in the seventh gave

the Vols a 12-2 lead. Kurt Keene hit his third homer of the season in the

eighth to make it 14-2.

The Vols return home this weekend for a three-game series with Morehead


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