The Tennessee men’s swim team elected Michael Wolfe to be next season’s team captain last Wednesday.
Wolfe said he is thankful to step up as the team captain. Wolfe also explained the significance of the captain’s role on the swim team.
“This is a very important leadership position, and I’m honored to fill it,” Wolfe said. “I hope not only to lead by example, but motivate others to practice hard and try hard at everything that they do. This doesn’t include only swimming, but also academics, as well. I will act as a medium between the swimmers and the coaches. I tell the coaches how the swimmers are feeling and vice versa. This is my most crucial role, to convey information between the coaches and my teammates.”
Wolfe was named the male junior scholar athlete at Tennessee for his uncompromising effort in the classroom. He managed to balance countless hours of swimming at the UT Student Aquatic Center with innumerable hours spent in the classroom. Wolfe is a mechanical engineering major who capped off the 2006-2007 school year with a 3.70 GPA. This is an impressive feat given that UT’s Engineering College ranks 42nd among public schools that offer a doctorate as the highest degree. Such academic ability may run in the blood because his father, mother and two of his uncles are all engineers.
In addition to extraordinary efforts in school, Wolfe is a three-time All-America performer. He helped the 400 freestyle relay to a 12th-place finish his sophomore year at the NCAA Championships. This year, his endeavors in the 800 freestyle relay pushed the team to a 10th-place finish at the NCAAs as he also splashed to an 11th-place finish in the 200 backstroke.
“Michael Wolfe has been a consistent performer and leader on the swimming team, both in the pool and classroom,” UT coach John Trembley said. “As we prepare to move into the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Complex, it is clear that we have higher expectations for our team and team members. Michael is a wonderful captain’s choice from the team to lead both through his example and his directives. The coaches have made clear to the team that we expect them to submit their opinions and focus to the leadership of their captain. At the same time, we have other great senior and junior leaders on this team. They will be counted on heavily to act as captains on other teams. If we are able to have great leadership from our captain and other emergent leaders on this team, we stand a better chance of becoming great. Michael’s mother and father, Sharon and Al Wolfe, have been supportive of him and our program with their presence, prayers and petitions. We appreciate Michael’s family, as well.”
Wolfe intends to lead a successful team into the 2007-2008 swimming and diving season as the Vols see their first action next Fall.