Sophomore diver Phillip Jones won his first individual NCAA title, but the Tennessee swimming and diving squad finished in 16th place at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, this weekend.
Tennessee's finish this weekend is the program's worst since coach John Trembley took over in 1989.
"We are very disappointed with a 16th-place team finish," Trembley said. "I am pleased with some of the meet's outcomes, like Phillip's championship and the hard work that Andrew Bree showed us."
Bree, a junior, led the way for the Vols on the final night of competition with a 10th-place performance in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in a time of 1:56.74 gave him his first All-America honor of the meet.
For the weekend, 11 Volunteers captured 17 All-America honors and took home one individual NCAA crown - Jones in the 3-meter springboard.
"I am not pleased with 16th in the country," Trembley said. "We will get back to work, recruit well and get back to the top 10 in collegiate swimming."
Softball rolls through weekend
The Lady Vols wrapped up a successful weekend with a 9-1 pasting of Liberty on Saturday night at the First Tennessee Classic at Tyson Park. Senior Stephanie Humphrey, who saved UT's 2-1 win earlier in the afternoon, allowed two hits during two separate stints to register her ninth win in succession.
On Friday, Tennessee topped Liberty 3-1 and cruised to an 8-0 win over Western Kentucky.
Tennessee will resume SEC action Tuesday when it visits No. 13 South Carolina (23-8, 7-3 SEC) for the start of a three-game series.
Florida sweeps UT baseball
Brett Dowdy had three doubles while C.J. Smith collected three RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the seventh to lead the No. 15 Florida Gators to a 7-5 win and series sweep over the Tennessee Volunteers at McKethan Stadium.
Tennessee (15-11, 4-5 SEC) tied the game in the seventh, but Smith drove in his third run of the day in the bottom of the frame on a single to center that scored Dowdy. Brian Rose then drove home Smith to put the Gators up 7-5.
Tennessee returns home Tuesday to open a nine-game home stand against the Wofford Terriers at 7 p.m.
Men's and women's track claim qualifiers
Tennessee's men's track team continued to pile up lifetime bests and postseason qualifiers at a rapid pace as the second weekend of the outdoor season wound down at the Stanford Invitational and Florida Relays Saturday.
Patrick Gildea lopped a full 75 seconds off his lifetime-best 10,000m run time with a 29:09.53 effort.
The southern Vol contingent made the most improvement in the field events at Florida's Percy Beard Stadium, as four Vols posted season bests in five events.
Lady Vol Christie Elwin (pole vault) placed fourth and grabbed an NCAA regional qualifier, and Sharon Dickie just missed a regional mark with a ninth-place finish in the 1500-meters Saturday afternoon at the adidas Raleigh Relays at NC State's Paul Derr Track.
Both the men and women will travel to Columbia, S.C., on Saturday for the SEC Challenge.
Lady Vol tennis shuts out Mississippi State
It took just more than two and a half hours on a sunny Friday afternoon in Starkville, Miss., for the No. 7-rated UT Lady Vol tennis team (16-4, 6-1) to dispose of Mississippi State, 7-0.
The Lady Vols wrapped up their road schedule on Sunday against No. 42 Ole Miss in Oxford, but results were unavailable at press time.
Aqua Vols finish 16th at NCAAs
Published: Mon Mar 31, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:59 p.m.