The 11th-ranked Tennessee swimming and diving squad won four events on
Saturday as they remained in second place at the Georgia Invitational in
Athens, Ga. The Vols have totaled 630.5 points over the first two days of
competition and enter the final day trailing host Georgia, who has 773
points. Michael Gilliam, Joel Shapiro and Chris Stewart each claimed
individual event titles and the 200-meter relay squad won as well.
The Volunteers opened the evening with a decisive victory in the 200-meter
medley relay as Gilliam, Jeremy McDonnell, Matt Parrish and Brent Owen
reached the wall in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:38.93. UT also
placed a relay squad in fourth-place in the event as Lance Asti, Stewart,
Zane DeWitz and Raphael Thuin turned in a time of 1:42.11. The Vols' third
relay entry claimed eight with a time of 1:41.55.
Shapiro took the title in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 55.44 and
was followed closely by DeWitz, who finished third with a time of 55.07.
Parish was sixth with a time of 55.69. Vols Justin Hoggart and Thuin
finished 13th and 15th respectively.
Stewart and McDonnell made it a 1-2 Tennessee finish in the 100-meter
breaststroke, with Stewart turning in a time of 1:02.38 and McDonnell
reaching the wall in a time of 1:02.49. Each mark bettered the NCAA
provisional qualifying standard.
Gilliam and Ross Powells made it back-to-back 1-2 finishes for the Vols in
the 100-meter backstroke. Gilliam, the defending 100-yard backstroke
champion, clocked a time of 53.66 and Powells reached the wall in a time of
54.79, both NCAA provisional qualifying times.
In one-meter diving, Gabi Chereches finished fourth and freshman Jake
Dorsey was eighth for the Vols.
Other top performances for the Vols included freshman Ben Brink's
fifth-place finish in the 400-meter individual medley (4:30.69). Steve
Cromer finished seventh in the same event (4:32.06). In the 200-meter
freestyle, freshman Greg Simpson claimed fourth-place with a time of
1:15.71 and Brett Tannhauser was fifth with a time of 1:53.54. Tennessee's
800 freestyle relay squad finished third as Nick Lakin, Tannhauser, Brink
and Cromer clocked a time of 7:40.05.
Swim team ranks second at meet
Published: Mon Dec 06, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:05 p.m.