Competing in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in Athens, Ga., the

women swimmers and divers came away with an 18th place finish with 72

points.

Senior Sarah Nichols ended her career on a high note, taking seventh in the

1650-yard freestyle. Her time of 16:24.91 was her second-best mark ever.

The seventh place finish gave Nichols a total of eight All-America honors

for her distinguished career.

Also finishing her career strong was diver Kathy Pesek. Her final dive

Saturday on the 10-meter platform was good enough to vault her to a

fourth-place finish. Pesek also took seventh in the 1-meter springboard and

fourth on the 3-meter to round out her career with 10 All-America

certificates.

Other Lady Vols to claim All-America honors were Monica Shanahan in the

400-yard medley relay and the 200-yard butterfly, Kari Peterson in the

400-yard medley relay and the 200-yard butterfly, and Pam Hanson in the

400-yard medley relay.

Men's tennis upends Pepperdine

No. 15 Tennessee took a Spring Break vacation to Malibu and came away not

only with a good trip, but a tennis win against No. 12 Pepperdine.

The win avenged the Vols loss to Pepperdine a month ago to Pepperdine in

the National Team Indoor Championships in which UT fell 5-2.

The deciding factor in the match was the doubles point, as UT managed to

win two of the three doubles match to take the point and the win, 4-3.

At No. 1 doubles the duo of Adam Carey and Mark Parsons upset 12th-ranked

Kelly Gullett and John Hui, 9-8. No. 3 doubles Chad Copenhaver and Peter

Handoyo has less trouble disposing of their opponents, winning 8-2.

The two teams split the singles matches with each team winning three. Mark

Parsons, Handoyo and Carey notched the wins for UT.

The Vols will next be in action Friday to host No. 7 Baylor at 2:00

p.m.

Softball drops four to Georgia

The UT softball team was swept over the weekend by conference foe Georgia,

dropping the Lady Vols to 0-4 in SEC action.

The four losses were especially painful for the Lady Vols as they had the

lead in each. In three of the four games Georgia used final-inning rallies

to defeat the Lady Vols. In the fourth, Georgia came back from four-run

deficit to earn the win.

Baseball team loses first two to Florida

UT's bad luck on the diamond didn't end with the women, as the baseball

team dropped the first two of three of Florida.

On Friday former Vol Kurt Keene abused UT pitching, going 2-for-4 with a

home run and four RBIs en route to a huge 14-2 win.

Jeremy Brown (1-1) absorbed the loss for the Vols.

On Saturday the Vols made it a better game, but still came up short 9-8 as

Gator Jason Dill smashed a tenth-inning, game-winning home run.

Marlyn Tisdale (3-5) took the loss for UT.

Results of Sunday's game were unavailable at press time.