The University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team will play host to its final home meet of the 2000-01 season and, in the process, take on a pair of nationally-ranked opponents. The Lady Vols will challenge No. 5 Auburn and No. 20 Northwestern in a double dual meet on Saturday at the Ray Bussard Aquatic Center on the UT campus.
Saturday's contest will consist of two separate sessions. The first part of the event will be conducted at 11 a.m. and feature seven swimming events and the one-meter diving. The second session will begin at 6 p.m. and the final nine swimming events will be contested along with the three-meter diving. Each race will have two finals only heats to accommodate all three teams.
Tennessee (3-3, 3-3 SEC) will have two formidable opponents in Auburn and Northwestern. The Tigers are 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in the SEC. Northwestern has struggled slightly in dual meet action and has posted a 1-3 record.
Saturday will also mark the final career home meet for six seniors on the Tennessee squad. The student-athletes will be honored in a brief ceremony prior to the 6 p.m. session. The seniors competing for the last time in Knoxville on Saturday are Missy Bell, Azurdee Engel, Tanya Felton, Flynt, Hanson and Jenny Heffernan. The meet will also mark student assistant coach Ron Turner's final home competition.
Tennessee senior Mark Parsons continued his run Wednesday at the Milwaukee Classic in Milwaukee, Wis., with a fourth-round victory over Royce Ramey of Texas Tech 6-2, 7-5. The No. 1 seeded Parsons will take on Michael Yani of Duke in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Tennessee freshman Wade Orr also hit the courts Wednesday after winning a pair of matches Tuesday. Orr took the first set against the No. 7 seed Cody Hubbell of Texas A&M before eventually falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Tennessee diver Gabi Chereches completed a busy weekend by winning the championship in platform diving at the Georgia Diving Invitational on Sunday afternoon. The senior recorded a score of 564.55 to take the title and qualify in that event for the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships to be held in March.
Chereches' victory concluded a busy weekend in which he contributed to the Volunteers' dual-meet wins over top-ranked Texas on Saturday and 12th-ranked Arizona on Friday. He claimed a pair of second-place finishes in one and three-meter diving versus Texas and a first-place finish in three-meter diving versus Arizona State.