The 1999 Southeastern Conference swimming and diving awards, as voted on by

league coaches, were announced Monday with sophomore diver Gabi Chereches

and diving coach Dave Parrington receiving honors.

Chereches, a native of Bacau, Romania who prepped in Houston, Texas, was

named SEC male diver of the year. Chereches claimed SEC individual

championships in three-meter and platform diving and was the runner-up in

the one-meter diving event.

At the SEC meet, Chereches shared the Performer of the Meet award and also

earned a share of the Commissioner's Trophy by tying for high individual

scorer of the meet. At the NCAA Championships, Chereches finished fifth in

the platform competition and sixth on the three-meter board.

Dave Parrington was named by his peers as the SEC Diving Coach of the Year

for the second consecutive year. The Vols placed three divers in the top

eight of the one-meter competition at the SEC meet with Shannon Roy

(fourth) and Chip Chiapetta (eighth) joining Chereches (second) in the


Roy also finished third in three-meter diving while Chiapetta finished

seventh in platform diving. All three divers qualified for the NCAA


At the conclusion of the SEC meet, Parrington shared the Coach of the Meet

award. The award marks the fourth time that Parrington has captured the

men's award, winning in 1994 and '96 as well.

A native of Harare, Zimbabwe, Parrington's trophy case includes the 1997

SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year award as well as the 1990 Southwest

Conference Diving Coach of the Year award.

Parrington also served as the coach of the 1996 Zimbabwe Olympic diving

team that included former Vol NCAA and world champion Evan Stewart.

The Diver of the Year award won by Chereches is the 10th postseason honor

won by a Tennessee swimmer or diver since 1977. A Tennessee athlete has

been honored as swimmer or diver of the year by the SEC coaches each season

since 1994.