Courtesy of UT Sports

LOUISVILLE, KY. — The Tennessee men’s swimming and diving team began the 2007-08 season with a victory over the Louisville Cardinals, 165-130.
“It was a good start to the season,” UT coach John Trembley said. “We had athletes swim some very nice races, but we were still a little sloppy in some other areas. There was great enthusiasm on the team’s part. Our parents outnumbered the home crowd which always helps at an away meet.”
Trembley and the Vols ran into some trouble on the trip to Louisville. A four-hour bus ride turned into a ten-hour evening for the Vols Friday as the team bus just nearly avoided a wreck.
“Overall, we were pleased with our perfomance after yesterday’s troubles,” Trembley said. “Our guys weren’t able to get into the pool yesterday to prepare. However, the guys were positive about it and they represented their team and families well.”
Senior captain Michael Wolfe and senior Octavio Alesi led the team with two victories each. Wolfe won the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard butterfly. Alesi continues his undefeated-streak in dual meets, as he won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races.
“It was a good start to the season,” Trembley said. “Wolfe swam some very nice races and Alesi continues to shine. Nolan Morrell swam very well too.”
Morrell swam to a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke in 49.79 seconds and a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 45.88 seconds.
“Geoff Sanders picked up his first win as a Tennessee Volunteer,” Trembley said. “Barry Murphy continues to improve. He’s getting stronger it seems every meet. Brad Craig swam smart races and actually won two events.”
Sanders won the 500-yard freestyle and picked up second-place in the 200-yard free. Murphy triumphed in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Craig claimed first-place in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Sophomore Michael Muscari took first and second place in the one-meter and three-meter boards, respectively. Senior Ryan Rincon topped the three-meter competition with a score of 345.15.
Next on the schedule, the Vols host Kentucky and South Carolina Friday, Oct. 26 in a double dual-meet. Competition begins at 3 p.m. in the UT Student Aquatic Center.