The second-ranked swimming and diving team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday afternoon in Lexington by a score of 110-74. The Volunteers completed the season with a 11-0 dual-meet record and 6-0 mark against SEC foes.
The Vols won 10 of the 14 events that were contested on the afternoon. UT sophomore Ben Brink paced the attack with wins in the 200 and 400 individual medley events. Other Vol winners included Evan Nylander (500 freestyle), Andrew Bree (100 breaststroke), Michael Gross (200 back), SEC Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week Renato Gueraldi (50 fly), Lance Asti (100 back), Shannon Roy (1-meter diving) and Gabi Chereches (3-meter diving).
The win makes UT's all-time record against the Wildcats 32-3.
Tennessee will now prepare for the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships to be held Feb. 21-24 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The SEC, traditionally one of the toughest conferences in the nation, boasts six teams that are ranked among the top 25 in the nation. Last season at the NCAA Championships, all eight SEC teams finished among the top 25 in the country.
SOFTBALL TEAM TOP TAMU-CORPUS CHRISTI
Despite being out-hit by host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Lady Vol softball team tallied three runs in the fifth to break a 2-2 stalemate en route to a 7-2 conquest of the Islanders.
With the triumph, head coach Jim Beitia's squad halted a four-game skid and concluded its visit to Texas with a 2-4 record at the Islander Classic. UT is now 2-7 overall, while TAMU-CC remains winless at 0-12.
UT moved ahead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by sophomore Carissa Roustan that ricocheted off the 230-foot mark in center field. Tennessee was later able to capitalize on another crippling two-out error by TAMU-CC to build its lead to 5-2.
Ellisha Humphrey began the sixth with her second hit of the contest by smacking a single into left center, bringing Hannah Low home.
Low snapped on 0-for-14 streak at UT by pounding Amanda Burton's 2-0 offering over the left field wall to bring the margin to 7-2 in UT's favor.
Tennessee's Nicole Borg allowed 11 hits and struck out five in moving to 1-2 in 2001.
VOL GOLFERS START SPRING SEASON
The University of Tennessee men's golf team opened its 2001 season at the Beau Rivage Invitational in Gulfport, Miss., yesterday. The University of Southern Mississippi is the tournament host at Windance Golf Club.
This marks the first time the Vols have competed in the Beau Rivage Invitational. The Vols are competing with Cincinnati, Denver, Florida State, Louisiana Monroe, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, UNC-Charlotte, Sam Houston State, South Alabama, South Florida, Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane, Troy State, Wyoming and host Southern Mississippi.
The tournament continues through today.