moved its dual meet record to 5-1 (2-1 Southeastern Conference) with a resounding
134-105 victory over eighth-ranked Florida Saturday at the Student Aquatic
Center. Coach John Trembley's Vols were propelled by the divers and big
wins in the 400 medley relay and 50 freestyle.
The meet started with Tennessee claiming the two top spots in the 400
medley relay with the team of Craig Gilliam, Jeremy Linn, Joel Shapiro and
Lance Asti finishing first in a time of 3:17.51. After Florida won the next
two races, the Vols dominated the 50 freestyle as they finished with the
top four times. Gilliam led the way with a time of 20.76 seconds as the
clean sweep placed the Vols on top to stay.
In the diving well, Tennessee came away with the top three positions
in both events. Newcomer Shannon Roy won the one-meter in his first competition
since joining the squad in January and fellow freshman Gabi Chereches claimed
the top prize in the three-meter.
Other winners for UT included Brendan Crowley (100 freestyle -- 45.27
secs.), Matt Hall (500 freestyle -- 4:31.92) and Jeremy Linn, who won the
200 breaststroke by over three seconds.
Now, Trembley will prepare his squad for the SEC Championships that begin
next week in Gainesville, Fla. The diving portion will take place Feb. 15-17
and the swimming competition will follow Feb. 18-21.
"It was a lackluster dual meet, especially for us to be heading
into the conference championships," Trembley said. "I had hoped
we'd swim faster, but we didn't."
The women's team, meanwhile, lost a close decision to Florida, falling
125-118. The meet was decided by the final race, the 400 freestyle relay.
Florida's Jennifer Hommert provided the winning margin for the Lady Gators,
who won by 17 one-hundredths of a second.
For Tennessee, Sarah Nichols rallied to win the 1,000 freestyle.
"I'm disappointed with the loss, but pleased with the way we competed,"
UT coach Dan Colella said.
Tennis Vols sweep Murray State
The Vol men's tennis team notched their fourth victory of the young season
with a 7-0 victory over Murray State on Saturday at the UT Indoor Tennis
Center. The outcome was never in doubt as the Vols won every singles and
doubles match. The Vols posted their first shutout since they blanked Murray
State on Feb. 22, 1997.
"Our team is really coming together at this stage," head coach
Michael Fancutt said. "With the arrival of our new signees, we've won
our last 12 doubles matches. Today was a good victory over Murray State."
At No. 1 doubles, Vols Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way defeated Chris Hayden
and Alex Sundsten, 8-3. At No. 2 doubles, Tennessee's Paul Podbury and Juan
Gamboa beat Raoul Bax and Tony Hardman, 8-5.
The Vols won every singles match in straight sets. Way bested Hardman,
6-4, 6-2, in No. 1 singles. At No. 2 singles, Podbury beat Hayden by the
same score, 6-4, 6-2.
The Vols faced Furman on Sunday. Results were not available at press
Golfers finish 12th
Tennessee finished the International Intercollegiate at Club Campestre
in Moterrey, Mexico, in 12th place. The Vols fired rounds of 286-293-288--867,
three over par.
With the 867-stroke finish, the Vols shattered this season's previous
best tournament score, an 889-stroke finish at the Tennessee Tournament
of Champions in September. Three Vols finished at par or better as all but
one Vol posted season-best scores.
California-Berkeley took the title with rounds of 266-286-287--839, a
torrid 25 under par. Southern Methodist took second with an 846.
True freshman Phantep Somsamart fired his collegiate-best 211, five under
par, to lead the Vols in 11th place. Junior Kevin Law tied for 24th with
a 215, one under par, in his best tournament of the season.
The Vols return to action Feb. 28-March 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate
in Jacksonville, Fla.
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