The 12th-ranked Tennessee swimming and diving team took the early lead at
the SEC Championships in Auburn, Ala. on Wednesday night. The Volunteers
set an SEC meet record in winning the 200 Medley relay, and they claimed
first and second in three-meter diving. The Vols also finished second in
the 200 freestyle relay. After three events, Tennessee leads the meet with
111 points. Florida ranks second with 82 points while Kentucky and South
Carolina are tied for third with 76 points.
Tennessee opened the SEC Championship with a strong performance in the 200
freestyle as the Vols took second place in the event. Jeremy McDonnell,
Raphael Thuin, Brent Owen and Michael Gilliam reached the wall in an NCAA
automatic qualifying time of 1:17.97
From that point, the Vols changed the momentum of the meet with one-two
finish in the three-meter diving event. Vol juniors Gabi Chereches, the
1999 three-meter champion, and Shannon Roy, the 1998 three-meter champion,
dueled for the title with Chereches taking the victory in his final dive.
Chereches scored 595.40 to Roy's 589.05 to defend his title.
John Trembley's squad then made a bold statement by establishing an SEC
meet and school record in the 200 medley relay. Gilliam, McDonnell, Thuin
and Owen posted a time of 1:25.59 to capture the crown. The foursome's time
beat the previous SEC meet and school mark set by Craig Gilliam, Jeremy
Linn, Jeff Edler and Adam Engle at the 1997 SEC meet that still stands as
the American record in the event. The new record is not an American record
because Thuin is a native of Brazil.
The SEC Championships continue through Saturday at James A. Matin Aquatics
Center in Auburn, Ala.
Vols swim to early SEC lead
Published: Fri Feb 18, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:08 p.m.