The fifth-ranked Tennessee swimming and diving squad took a solid 136-107

victory over 18th-ranked Virginia on Friday at the Student Aquatic

Center.

The Vols took the lead in the meet's first event, the 400 freestyle relay,

but fell behind after impressive performances by the Cavalier distance

freestylers. A sweep of the top three positions in the 50 freestyle put the

lead back into the hands of the Vols. Another top-three sweep, this time in

one-meter diving, allowed UT to establish a lead they would not

relinquish.

Tennessee's victory was powered by the sprint freestyle and diving corps.

Senior co-captain Adam Engle claimed the 50 freestyle win with a time of

20.86, followed by teammates Lance Asti (20.96), Rodney Panek (21.28) and

Karl Pawlewicz (21.70). The sprinters shined again in the 100 freestyle as

Asti took the victory with a time of 46.20, followed by Panek (46.50),

Engle (46.78) and Brent Owen (48.14).

The Vol divers contributed significantly to the victory by claiming the top

three positions in both diving events. Shannon Roy won the top spot off the

low board with a score of 314.55. Fellow Vols Chip Chiapetta (283.38) and

Gabi Chereches (280.05) finished in second and third, respectively. Off the

three-meter board, Chereches scored 336.525 to win the event while Roy

finished second (305.55) and Chiapetta finished third (244.425).

In their victorious effort, Tennessee posted three NCAA provisional

qualifying times. The 400 medley relay squad's winning time of 3:18.76 was

just under the provisional standard and 200 butterfly swimmers Zane DeWitz

(1:48.53) and Joel Shapiro (1:49.14) each bested the provisional NCAA marks

with their respective second- and third-place finishes in that event.

The next action for Tennessee will be Dec. 4-6 when the divers compete at

the Texas Diving Invitational and the swimmers compete at the U.S. Open in

College Station, Texas. The next home meet will take place Dec. 11 when the

Vols take on Cincinnati.

Golfers win tournament in Texas

Tennessee's men's golfers took the team title at the Crown Classic of

Lufkin, Texas, Saturday, their first team title since 1996.

The Vols fired rounds of 302-297-293--892 to steal the lead from

Texas-Arlington (895).

UT sophomore Andy Brimer finished second in the individual competition with

scores of 75-72-70--217, his best collegiate finish. Junior Derrick Centers

came from behind to finish seventh with rounds of 77-70-73--220, his best

54-hole score and finish of the season.

North Texas (900), Texas Tech (908) and Sam Houston (908) rounded out the

top five finishers in the field of 18 at the Crown Classic.

Sam Houston's Brandt Kieschnick fired rounds of 75-70-70--215 to take the

individual title. Harry Singh (Texas-Arl.), Charan Thethy (Texas-Arl.) and

Neal Collins (N. Texas) posted a final total of 218, two-over-par, to tie

for third.