The UT men's and women's swimmers are heading off to North Carolina and Houston for a pair of prestigious swimming events.
The men's swimming team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to compete in the 18th annual Nike Cup Invitational, which begins tomorrow and ends Saturday.
"Team members are excited about going to the Nike Cup," Tennessee coach John Trembley said. "It's a great facility, great format, and for the first time since I can remember, we're healthy as a team."
The Nike Cup Invitational features stiff competition for the Vols, who are coming off victories against Indiana and Kentucky. The competition includes North Carolina, Michigan, LSU, Syracuse, Clemson, and NC State.
"Our team always swims fast this time of year," co-captain Jamie Graves said. "This meet should be no exception. Our confidence level is high, and we're looking to qualify as many people as we can for NCAAs."
This marks the second time the Vols have taken part in the three-day Nike event. Last year, the Vols finished second in the overall competition.
The diving team, meanwhile, will be competing at the University of Houston Fall Invitational Thursday through Saturday.
Diving coach Dave Parrington is a 1983 Houston graduate and still holds the UH record for dual-meet wins on the one-meter board. He coached at Houston from 1983 until 1990, when he joined the Tennessee staff.
"This will be exciting to be going back to my alma mater and to coach in a brand-new facility," Parrington said. "We don't really know what to expect going in."
Parrington's Lady Vol divers, as well as the women swimmers, will be competing in Houston, as well.
"We are heading to Houston with the hopes of just riding what these young ladies started this past weekend," UT swimming coach Dan Colella said. "We saw a number of fast swims against Auburn and are going to just see how much we can improve upon them this coming week. Houston has a brand new facility, so we will just have to see how fast a pool it really is starting Thursday morning."
The top 16 swimmers and divers in each event will qualify for the finals later that evening. The finals will be broken into two heats with the top eight competitors moving on to the championship finals and the next set of eight finishing in the consolation finals. The meet will provide the first chance of the season for the Lady Vols to compete in a championship format.