The Tennessee swimming and diving squad was defeated by the Virginia

Cavaliers by a count of 138-103 on Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The

meet was the season opener for the Vols (0-1), and marked the first time

that Tennessee has dropped its opening meet prior to the swimming program's

resurrection in 1968. The Cavaliers won the first three events, including a

top three sweep in the 1000 freestyle. UT won their first event in the 50

freestyle as newcomer Raphael Thuin clocked a 20.76 for top honors, while

junior Lance Asti was second with a time of 21.04. Virginia stopped the Vol

rally with another top three sweep in the 200 individual medley


Gabi Chereches won the one-meter diving event with a score of 282.20 and

was followed by Vol freshman Jake Dorsey with a second place score of

242.55. Chereches followed his one-meter victory with a win in the

three-meter event with a score of 336.00. Senior co-captain Ross Powells

was the only other individual event winner with a time of 1:48.40 in the

200 backstroke as the Vols won five of the 13 events.

Tennessee returns home and opens SEC competition on November 13 to face the

Kentucky Wildcats at the Student Aquatic Center at 1 p.m.