The University of Tennessee's seventh-ranked swimming and diving squad took
to the pool Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. and came away with an impressive
148-95 victory over the 12th-ranked Florida Gators.
Dominance in sprint freestyle and diving events once again propelled a Vol
attack that posted a number of season-best times as Tennessee completed an
undefeated dual-meet season with a 5-0 record and a 3-0 record versus the
The Vols took control of the meet in the opening event with a 1-2 finish in
the 400 medley relay. Michael Gilliam posted a lead-off split of 48.09 in
the backstroke to lead the way for the winning relay team of Gilliam,
Jeremy McDonnell, Joel Shapiro and Rodney Panek, who reached the wall in a
season-best time of 3:15.56.
Florida victories in the 1000 freestyle and 200 freestyle were tempered by
second-place finishes by Matt Hall and Ross Powells. Hall bettered his
previous season best in the 1000 freestyle by more than eight seconds while
Powells swam the 200 free in a career-best time of 1:39.46.
The Vols then took the top three places in the 50 freestyle as Lance Asti
led Brent Owen and Adam Engle to the wall. Asti (20.17) and Owen (20.28)
both posted career-best times that provisionally qualify for the NCAA
Championships. Zane DeWitz followed with a 200 individual medley win with a
time of 1:49.04 that also qualifies provisionally for the NCAAs.
Gabi Chereches and Shannon Roy finished 1-2 in one-meter diving and
repeated the feat off the three-meter board with Roy taking first and
Chereches claiming second. Joel Shapiro gave the Vols a season-best time in
the 200 butterfly as he finished second with a time of 1:47.85. Asti
garnered his second victory of the day with a win in the 100 freestyle as
the Vols once again swept the top three spots. Asti's time of 44.85 gave
the sophomore his second NCAA provisional qualifying time of the
With a victory well in hand, the Vols did not rest easy. Powells picked up
a NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 200 backstroke with a season-best
time of 1:46.71. Matt Hall followed with a win in the 500 freestyle,
winning in a season-best time of 4:27.77. Tennessee finished off their
impressive afternoon as Chris Stewart and McDonnell went 1-2 in the 200
breaststroke, with Stewart posting a season-best time of 2:03.65.
Vols drown Gators at UF swim meet
Published: Mon Feb 08, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:45 p.m.