Tennessee claimed third place at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday in College Station, Texas. The finish is the Volunteers' best under coach John Trembley and the program's best since the 1978 squad won the national title.
The Volunteers finished with a third-place total of 330.5 points. Texas won the team title with 597.5 while Stanford was second with 457.5 points. Southern California was fourth (299) and Florida rounded out the top five (265).
The Volunteers scored in three individual events and the 400 freestyle relay on Saturday. With Tennessee's third-place finish already secure, UT concluded the meet by finishing fourth in the 400 freestyle relay with a school record time. Chris Hussey, Jeremy McDonnell, Renato Gueraldi and Michael Gilliam reached the wall in a time of 2:53.67.
Senior diver Gabi Chereches produced the top individual finish of the evening with a fourth-place finish in the platform diving event. The Houston native scored 561 points and was less than two points out of third place. Chereches produced three top-eight finishes on the weekend and finishes his career with nine All-America honors Gilliam, who won the 100 backstroke title and finished sixth in the 50 freestyle, also claimed his third top-eight performance of the meet with a seventh-place time of 43.62 in the 100 freestyle. Gilliam earned seven All-America honors at the meet, running his career total to 16.
For the weekend, Tennessee captured one NCAA gold medal, two NCAA silver medals and a pair of NCAA bronze medals. The Volunteers placed 16 competitors in championship finals and an additional four in the consolation finals.
Lady Vol divers wrap up season at NCAAs
Senior Pam Hanson and freshman Kylee Wells each earned All-America honors for the Tennessee women's swimming and diving team on the final day of the NCAA Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.
Hanson finished 10th in the 200y backstroke in both the preliminaries and finals. In the last race of her collegiate career, Hanson earned the fourth All-America honors of her career after earning certificates in the 100y butterfly and 100y back on Friday.
In the diving well, Wells earned the first All-America honors of her young career as the freshman finished fifth in the platform.
In the overall team competition, Tennessee finished in 20th position with a total of 58 points. Georgia won its third straight national championship as the Bulldogs tallied 389 points.