Tennessee men's swimmers and divers finished in second place at the

prestigious Dallas Morning News Classic on Saturday in Dallas.

The Vols entered the day in second place behind Florida State, which pulled

away from the field on the second day of competition to claim the

title.

Minnesota finished third, five points behind the Vols, and host Southern

Methodist finished fourth. Michigan took fifth place with Texas finishing

in sixth.

Sophomore diver Gabi Chereches led the way for the Vols by winning the

three-meter diving event with a season-best dual-meet score of 343.55.

Chereches' win was the third for the Vols on the weekend, with Michael

Gilliam winning the 100-meter backstroke and the 400 medley relay squad

winning on Friday.

Tennessee opened the second day of competition with a third-place finish in

the 400 freestyle relay with a season-best time of 3:02.31. Matt Hall

followed with an impressive time of 4:30.72 in the 500 freestyle that beats

the team's previous best by eight seconds.

Both Ross Powells and Jeremy McDonnell produced season-best times in the

200 backstroke (1:48.31) and 200 breaststroke (2:04.67), respectively.

Lance Asti reached the wall in 45.56 to finish third in the 100 freestyle

while Powells won the consolation event.

In the 200 butterfly, Joel Shapiro finished third with a time of 1:49.91

and Matt Hall won the consolation event. Zane DeWitz finished fifth in the

200 individual medley with a time of 1:53.09. Tennessee finished third in

the 200 freestyle relay in a season-best time of 1:22.32 to conclude the

competition.

The No. 6 Vols also defeated Texas Christian in a dual meet on Saturday,

127-110. Tennessee claimed victories in nine of the 13 events, including

Brent Owen's win in the 50-meter freestyle.

Tennessee finished fourth in the Classic last season after winning in 1997.

The Vols return to action on Saturday when they take on No. 7 Georgia at 11

a.m. at the Student Aquatic Center.