The second-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team remained undefeated with a win against 10th-ranked Florida on Saturday afternoon at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville. The Volunteers moved to 10-0 on the season with a 5-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference with the 128.5-107.5 victory over the Gators.
The Vols won seven of the 13 events on the afternoon as the UT sprinters led the charge. The trio of Renalto Gueraldi (20.15), Chris Hussey (20.33) and Michael Gilliam (20.48) took the top three spots in the 50 freestyle. The Vols again flexed sprint muscles again in the 100 freestyle with Gilliam taking top honors with a time of 44.35 and Gueraldi and Hussey finishing third and fourth, respectively.
There were two great performances, UT coach John Trembley said. Gueraldi's win in the 50 free was huge. Gilliam continued to be a dominant 100 freestyler at this meet.
With the outcome still in doubt entering the 400 freestyle, the Vol sprinters came through again.
Jeremy McDonnell and Brent Owen joined Gueraldi and Hussey on the winning squad the beat second-place Florida by more than three seconds.
The Vols opened the meet by taking the top two spots in the 400 medley relay. The winning squad consisted of Gilliam, Chris Stewart, Jamie Graves and Owen. Other winners for the Vols included Greg Simpson (200 free), Shannon Roy (3-meter diving) and Andrew Bree (200 breaststroke)
The Lady Vols traveled to Florida as well but fell to the No. 7 Gators, 162-127, on Saturday afternoon.
No. 22 Tennessee finishes the dual meet season with a 4-5 overall record and a 3-4 tally in the Southeastern Conference.
With the victory, Florida moves to 12-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC.
There were some bright spots for the Lady Vols in the loss, however, including a pair of wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions from sophomore Jaime Sanger. Other event winners for Tennessee were junior Valerie Conte in the 100 backstroke and senior Pam Hanson in the 200 back and the 200 individual medley, as well as Amber Fuller in the 100 fly and the 400 medley relay team.
The Lady Vols will take a three-week break to train for the Southeastern Conference Championships, which will be held Feb. 21-24 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., while the men will close out the dual-meet portion of its schedule next week with a dual-meet at Kentucky.