Both Tennessee swimming teams swept through Kentucky over the weekend.
The men’s swimming team opened its SEC schedule Saturday with a 134-107 win over rival Kentucky at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, Ky.
“This was a typical Tennessee-Kentucky dual meet,” UT head coach John Trembley said. “While it was a decisive win over a traditional opponent, with few exceptions, the coaches are not pleased with Tennessee’s team performance.
“Some nice races from Michael Wolfe (200 I.M.), Octavio Alesi (50 free), Brad Boswell (200 back) and dominating diving performance from Burkley Showe highlighted the day,” Trembley added. “Otherwise we were mediocre.”
Alesi, a sophomore All-America, won the 50 free in 20.41 over senior sprint-specialist Daniel Farnham of Kentucky. Farnham finished second in 20.45. Daniel is the brother of Vol sophomore Adam Farnham.
The sophomores were not done for the Vols with Michael Wolfe winning the 200 I.M. in 1:52.92.
Showe swept the diving events with wins on both the 1 and 3-meter boards. He won the 1-meter springboard with 292.58 points and the 3-meter with 355.72 points.
Lady Vols 124, Kentucky 119
The Lady Volunteer swimming and diving team battled back from a large early deficit on Saturday to defeat Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky, 124-119, in Lexington.
The victory improved the Lady Vols to 2-0 (1-0 SEC).
Tennessee took the 400y medley relay as the quartet of Jacque Fessel, Tiffany Clay, Christine Magnuson and Megan Tomes blazed to a time of 3:48.31 to take first place.
In the 200y freestyle, Tennessee swimmers put on quite a show by finishing first and second. Freshman sensation Carly Mathes edged out Magnuson as she touched the wall in 1:52.71.
In the 400y IM, Tomes, swimming the event for the first time of her collegiate career, came from behind during the final 100 yards to pick up the win. The provisional qualifying time of 4:23.54 placed the Cincinnati, Ohio, product as the eighth-fastest swimmer in program history for the event.
With action returning to the pool for the 200y butterfly, Kredich challenged his student-athletes to be more competitive, and they would rise to the occasion.
Mathes and Betsy Lange turned in lifetime-best swims of 2:07.27 and 2:11.54, respectively, to finish third and fifth.
Tomes, who finished first in 50.77 which is the fastest regular-season clocking of her career.