CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The 12th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team was handed its first loss of the season by No. 11 Virginia Saturday, 135-106.
The Vols were coming off a rigorous holiday-break training cycle as they continue to prepare for the NCAA Championships. Tennessee (2-1, 1-0) leads the nation with 10 national meet qualifiers.
"Give credit to (the Cavaliers) because they are a fine, well-coached team and they really wanted to win this meet," UT coach John Trembley said. "They came prepared with speed suits. But we will continue to keep our focus on the NCAA Championships."
All-American Phillip Jones set two pool records on his way to winning both diving events. He won the one-meter title with an impressive score of 338.85. The junior then followed up with a 391.50 on the three-meter board, where he is the defending NCAA champion. Both of Jones's wins were pool records previously held by former Vol diver and three-time Olympian Gabi Chereches.
After a 2-3 finish in the 400-yard medley relay the Vols got a strong performance by freshman Chris Franklin with third place in the 1000y freestyle. Casey Dauw (1:39.61) and Bryan Goldberg (1:39.73) finished second and third in the 200y freestyle, edged out by Cavalier senior Ian Pritchard (1:39.51).
Senior Raymond Rosal won the 50y freestyle in 20.97 seconds. Senior Andrew Bree defeated NCAA finalist Bo Greenwood in the 200y individual medley in 1:50.57.
The Vols finished with a win in the 400y freestyle relay. The team of Goldberg, Josh Fulton, Rosal and Tyler Gustafson touched the wall in a 3:01.01. Gustafson anchored the relay in 44.05.
"Tyler had a great relay swim today," Trembley said. "Every time he hits the water he continues to improve."
Next up for the Vols is a trip to top-ranked Auburn Jan. 16.