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

Southeastern Conference.

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.