The third-ranked Tennessee swimming and diving team won the 19th annual Dallas Morning News Classic on Saturday as UT won three of nine events to close out the two-day contest. The Volunteers piled up 344 points on the weekend to top host Southern Methodist who finished second with 323.5 points. Minnesota finished third (284) while Florida (265), Nebraska (230) and Auburn (227.5) rounded out the six team field.
The Volunteers won eight of 18 events on the weekend to claim their second Dallas Morning News Classic championship. The Vols also won in 1997. This is the second invitational meet victory in as many tries for the Vols who also won the Princeton Invitational in December.
We were very pleased with the way the guys raced tonight, head coach John Trembley. We cut down on our mistakes and looked more like a strong championship team.
UT senior co-captain Michael Gilliam was named as the swimmer of the meet. On Saturday Gilliam won the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.27 and also contributed to the 200 freestyle relay victory and the second-place 400 freestyle relay team. Gilliam won the 100 backstroke on Friday and also served on the winning 400 medley relay and won the consolation finals of the 50 freestyle.
That is a great honor for Michael as he joins a list of Olympians and NCAA Champions in that honor, Trembley said.
Brett Tannhauser continued an impressive month with a victory in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:28.11. Teammate Greg Simpson won the consolation heat of that event. The Volunteers also swept the 100 freestyle with Gilliam winning the championship final and Chris Hussey winning the consolation final in a time of 44.37.
The Vols return to action on Saturday, Jan. 27, as the squad closes out the home portion of its dual-meet schedule as they play host to Louisville at the Student Aquatic Center at 2 p.m. Tennessee's nine seniors will be honored prior to the meet.
Tennis Vols fall in SEC Indoors
The Tennessee tennis team had a tough day at the SEC Indoor Championships in Norcross, Ga., at the Racquet Club of the South. All four doubles teams and Mark Parsons, the only remaining Vol in the singles draw, lost Saturday.
The news was not all bad for the Vols as the doubles tandem of Andy Crews and Peter Handoyo and the pair of Adam Carey and Mark Parsons both advanced to the semifinals before exiting the tournament. Crews and Handoyo advanced to the semifinals by default after injury forced Mississippi State's tandem of Marco Baron and David Ruiz out of the tournament. They then lost to the tournament's No. 1 seed Matias Boeker and Travis Parrott of Georgia in the semifinals 8-4.
Carey and Parsons started the day out well, getting the only win of the day for the Vols in the quarterfinals over Brad Hambrick and Lewis Smith of Vanderbilt 8-2. Then in the semifinals they were defeated by No. 2 seed Matijasevic and Ruffoni of Auburn 8-5.
The Vol netters will next be in action Jan. 26-28, at the Adidas Invitational in Orlando, Fla.