The fourth-ranked University of Tennessee men's swimming and diving team remain undefeated by downing 11th-ranked Virginia 143-98 in a dual meet Friday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.
Tennessee, now 9-0 on the season, controlled the meet by winning 10 of 13 events. The Vol winners included, Brett Tannhauser (200 Free, 500 Free), Andrew Bree (200 Breast, 200 I.M.), George du Rand (1000 Free.), Renato Gueraldi (50 Free) and Paulo Machado (200 Back). The 400 medley relay of Machado, Stewart, Hoggat and Parrish also grabbed a win for the Vols with a time of 3:21.56.
Freshman Phillip Jones and his diving teammates Jake Dorsey and Sal Vilardo also controlled the diving well. Jones and Dorsey took first and second in the one-meter diving event and the trio of divers swept top honors in the three-meter competition. Adding to the diving performance, Jones claimed the pool record with a score of 340.73 in the one-meter diving competition previously held by former Vol All-America Gabi Chereches.
"This is a good way to start the year," head coach John Trembley said. "Virginia has not been beaten at home in six years and I am very proud of the way we swam."
The Vols will be back in action Jan. 18-19 for the Dallas Morning News Classic in Dallas, Texas.
Lady Vols fall to No. 3 Auburn, No. 16 Northwestern
The University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team returned to action for the first time in 2002 and dropped a pair of decisions in a double-dual meet against No. 3 Auburn and No. 16 Northwestern. The Lady Vols fell 207-138 to Auburn while falling 234-118 to the Wildcats.
"Coming off almost a month-long layoff, it was obvious we were a little stale in some events," Lady Vol head coach Dan Colella said. "Some people made adjustments in the evening session, which was a much better session of racing. This meet was a real eye-opener for some members of our team as to what they need to do in the next five weeks to be ready for the SEC Championships."
Senior Monica Shannahan had the strongest swimming performances as she notched NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 400-yard individual medley (4:24.30) and the 200y butterfly (2:01.46). In addition to the NCAA times, the San Diego, Calif., native finished first in the 200y IM (2:06.07) and the 200y butterfly while taking second in the 400y IM, falling only to NCAA Champion Maggie Bowen of Auburn. Other strong performances on the day included senior Valerie Conte, who recorded a third-place finish in the 200y backstroke (2:03.03) and a fourth-place mark in the 100y back (58.05).
The diving well was where the Lady Vols saw their greatest success all day as the Orange and White divers swept the top three positions in the one-meter competition and three of the top four spots on the three-meter. Senior All-American Jaime Sanger won both events while freshman Lauryn McCalley finished second on both. Sophomore Kylee Wells took third in the one-meter but was edged by Auburn's Ashley Rubenstein and finished fourth in the three-meter.
The Lady Vols, now 2-3 on the season, will have a two-week break before returning to action on Jan. 26 against Arkansas. The meet, slated to start at noon, will be the first time Tennessee has competed at home since Oct. 19, 2001.