Tennessee’s swimming and diving teams picked up a split in a double dual meet with Virginia and LSU on Saturday at the Student Aquatic Center, defeating the Tigers and falling to the Cavaliers on both the men’s and women’s fronts.
The 11th-ranked AquaVols picked up a big SEC win over LSU, 127-105, but fell to ACC power Virginia, 135-103. The Lady Vols beat the Tigers, 143-99, and came up just short against UVA, 126-111.
“Despite a fast start in the 200 I.M., we were unable to waver Virginia,” UT men’s coach John Trembley said. “LSU showed great spirit and they are a young team that will get better quickly.”
Women’s coach Dan Colella was pleased with his team’s effort.
“It was just like we thought it would go, as it went down to the last relay,” Colella said. “We would have liked to see a win (versus Virginia), but to do what we did today against the No. 15 team in the country makes me real proud of them.”
On the men’s side, sophomore Jevon Tarantino returned to the diving well Saturday in his first action in more than a month with two wins on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. His scores of 345.10 (1-meter) and 370.50 (3-meter) were both season highs.
Tennessee took home several first-place finishes in the pool as well. Junior Bryan Goldberg won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.50. The 200-yard medley relay team of Josh Fulton, Kiel Huston, Andrew Engle and Tyler Gustafson won in 1:30.78, and the 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Fulton, Engle, Gustafson and Octavio Alesi took first in 1:22.22.
The Lady Vols’ highlight of the meet came when Megan Tomes broke a 15-year-old school record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.07.
Tomes notched another win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.77 seconds.
Senior Julia Stowers snagged first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a personal-best time of 9:51.43. She completed a distance-event sweep with a time of 4:49.53 to win the 500-yard freestyle.
Christine Magnuson took first in the 50-yard freestyle, narrowly missing an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark with a time of 23.57.
Tennessee held a 101-100 lead over the Cavaliers with two events left, but could not hold on as Virginia took first place in both the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Lady Vols will now take two weeks off before traveling to Gainesville, Fla., on Jan. 29 to take on Florida in their final action of the regular season.
Tennessee’s men are home again this weekend as they host Georgia at 11 a.m. Saturday.