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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