Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin responded Wednesday to calls from

Knoxville civic leaders for a street to be named after him.

"I appreciate the support I have received from the fans and am grateful for

their interest in our program," said Martin, who helped direct the Vols to

their first national championship since 1951. "It is premature at this

stage of my career to talk about naming a street for me.

"I am looking forward to accomplishing other things with the Tennessee

Vols. The championship season was great, but it was a total team

effort.

"If anything, a street should be named National Championship

Boulevard."

A campus road was renamed last year in honor of former Tennessee

quarterback Peyton Manning, who never won a national title as a Vol.

Recently, some of Knoxville's African-American leaders, including Dewey

Roberts, president of the Knoxville chapter of the National Association for

the Advancement of Colored People, have suggested the same should be done

for Martin.

Pesek and Bonner fifth at Diving World Cup

University of Tennessee diver Kathy Pesek and former Lady Vol standout

Tracy Bonner claimed fifth place in three-meter synchronized diving at the

1999 Canon XI FINA Diving World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand, over the

weekend.

The duo reached a score of 254.34 at the Wellington Aquatics Center,

finishing less than one point shy of the third-place pair from

Ukraine.

Pesek, a junior from Houston, Texas, also competed on the 10-meter

platform, advancing to the semifinals, but was just short of making the

six-person finals list. She finished in 10th place overall with a score of

282.63.

She was in eighth place after the preliminary round on the tower and was

one of only two divers competing for the U.S. The meet featured 132 divers

from 23 countries and is an annual event for FINA, the international

governing body for aquatics.

Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington returned after joining the U.S. team

in New Zealand. But, Pesek continued on to Sydney, Australia, where she is

competing in the Southern Cross International FINA Diving Grand Prix, which

concludes today.

Pesek is competing on the three-meter springboard and on the platform as

one of only two women representing the U.S. The meet is part of 15 Grand

Prix events held throughout the year and is taking place at the same pool

that will be used for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Both Pesek and Bonner have claimed NCAA titles with the UT squad. Pesek is

the reigning national champion on the platform and Bonner took the

three-meter crown in 1995. They advanced to the World Cup after finishing

with the gold medal at the U.S. Diving Summer National Championships in

August.

The Lady Vol swimming and diving team will return to action at home on Jan.

30 when they host Georgia at 11 a.m. in the Student Aquatic Center.