Tennessee's men's swimming and diving team finished second at the SEC
Championships on Saturday night as Vol sophomore Gabi Chereches won his
second individual SEC title, this one in platform diving.
The Vols finished with 700 points, their most since the 1996 SEC
Championship season, as Auburn took the team title with 857.5 points.
Chereches scored 768.70 points to win the platform championship, an event
in which he finished second last season.
The title, along with the three-meter title he won on Thursday and a
second-place finish in the one-meter on Wednesday, earned Chereches a tie
for the Commissioner's Trophy, given to the athlete who scores the most
points. Brock Newman of Auburn shared the honor.
Chereches also was named as the performer of the meet along with Aaron
Ciarla of Auburn. Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington was named men's
coach of the meet, sharing that award with Auburn head coach David
Commenting on the meet, Tennessee head coach John Trembley said, "It was a
great competition. We made some gains on Auburn this year, but we have a
long way to go. We have more than 10 swimmers going to NCAAs, so this young
team continues to get better."
Other top performances for UT on Saturday included the 200-meter butterfly
in which the Vols finished in second, third and fourth. Zane DeWitz took
second while Matt Hall and Joel Shapiro followed.
Diamond Vols finish 2-1 in Franklin Life Classic
Rightfielder Justin Parker went 4-for-6 with a triple and three RBIs as
the Tennessee Volunteers (4-2) handed Old Dominion its first loss of the
season, 15-9, at the Franklin Life Classic in Charleston, S.C.
Donnie Ross also slugged his second homerun with four RBIs as the Vols
pounded out 13 hits.
Quenten Patterson (1-1) notched his first win of the season as he worked 6
2/3 innings with eight strikeouts.
Old Dominion struck for two runs in the bottom of the first on a double by
Joseph Trollo and a Volunteer error.
Tennessee got on the board in the second on Donnie Ross' sacrifice fly that
plated Parker, who led off with a triple to right. The Vols roughed up
Monarch starter Shawn Weaver (0-1) in a five-run third.
A three-run homerun by Ross and a two-run single by Parker in the third
gave the Vols a 6-2 lead.
A bloop two-run single to center by Shawn Pearson brought the Monarchs to
within two at 6-4 in the fourth.
Brian Baker's pinch-hit, two-run double keyed a four-run fifth for the Vols
as they expanded their lead to 10-4.
The Vols added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings on a passed
ball and a double by Stevie Daniel, respectively.
Trollo slugged his first homerun off the left field foul pole in the
seventh for the Monarchs' fifth run.
Three ODU errors in the eighth led to two more runs for the Vols, who took
a 14-5 lead.
Four wild pitches and three walks by reliever Wyatt Allen allowed three
Monarchs to cross the plate in the eighth as they closed the gap to
The Vols will next take on the Carson-Newman Eagles in Jefferson City on
Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Chereches leads Vols at SEC swim meet
Published: Tue Feb 23, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:46 p.m.