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Happy Birthday - May 3

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It's the third day of May and we're wishing a very happy birthday to Logan Haddock of women's swimming and diving!

Logan  Haddock

A true freshman out of Chantilly, Virginia, competed primarily in the 100 and 200 backstroke during her first season on Rocky Top. She made her collegiate debut on October 9, swimming a 2:09.39 in the 200 backstroke at Queens University. She followed that performance with a 1:00.60 in the 100 backstroke the next day at North Carolina. During the spring portion of the season, Haddock recorded three new career bests at the Last Chance Meet on March 1 in Athens, Georgia. That day she turned in a 53.22 in the 100 freestyle, a 56.09 in the 100 backstroke, and a 2:01.92 in the 200 backstroke.

Born this day in 1996, Haddock is 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Logan!

Happy Birthday - May 2

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On May 2 we've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate as we wish a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Stephanie Grozio, former women's swimming and diving standout Tori Lamp, and baseball VFL Luke Hudson!

Grozio is a true freshman out of East Brunswick, New Jersey, and is a member of Tennessee's novice squad in the rowing program. She attended East Brunsiwck High School where she played basketball, softball, and volleyball. Born this day in 1996, Grozio is 19 years old today.

Stephanie Grozio

A 2014 graduate, Lamp is considered to be one of the best divers in Tennessee's swimming and diving program history. She was a three-time SEC champion on the platform, winning in back-to-back-to-back years from 2012-14. She also earned a silver medal in the 1-meter springboard in 2013 as well as a silver and a bronze in the 3-meter springboard in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Lamp earned seven All-America certificates during her time on Rocky Top and was the 2013 CSCAA National Diver of the Year. She currently holds the UT record in both the platform and 3-meter springboard categories.



Hudson was a pitcher for the Volunteers from 1996-98, recording a record of 15-5 during his three seasons in the Orange and White. He went on to be drafted by Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft and made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. In 2004, he went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine starts with the Reds before spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Kansas City Royals. He retired from professional baseball in 2009.



Happy birthday, Stephanie, Tori, and Luke!


Happy Birthday - May 1

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On May 1 we're wishing a very happy birthday to football's Gavin Bryant



A redshirt freshman from Jackson, Alabama, Bryant sat out the 2014 season with Tennessee after joining Team 118 as a four-star inside linebacker. During his final prep season, he was a Class 5A All-State pick and recorded 60 tackles and nine sacks for Jackson High School. Bryant turns 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, Gavin!

 

Happy Birthday - April 30

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We're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on this final day of April as we send happy birthday wishes to men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and to baseball VFL Phil Garner

A junior from Poznan, Poland, Bart Sawicki owns a career singles record of 22-15 during his time on Rocky Top. During the 2014-15 year, Sawicki is 15-10 in singles and began his spring season at 2-1 at the No. 5 position in UT's singles lineup. In the fall, he won his first collegiate singles title after claiming three matches to win the second flight of the UTC/Steve Baras Fall Classic. Born this day in 1992, Sawicki is 23 years old today.



As an infielder out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Garner played 15 seasons in the majors before transitioning to a manager role. He made his Major League debut in 1973 with the Oakland Athletics and made stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants before ending his playing days in 1988. Four years later, in 1992, Garner became the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before taking over for the Detroit Tigers in 2000. His last stint as manager came from 2004-07 when he led the Houston Astros. Under his leadership, the Astros made a World Series appearance in 2005.



Happy birthday, Bart and Phil!




Happy Birthday - April 28

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It's April 28 and we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to track and field's Kyle Quinn!



A junior from Somerset, Massachusetts, Quinn is in the midst of his third season throwing the javelin for the Volunteers. He is currently ranked 11th in the East Region and is in qualifying position for the NCAA East Regional Championships in May gollowing his season-best throw of 229 feet, three inches (69.89m) to open the year at the Alabama Relays. Last season, Quinn threw the top distance in the nation when he recorded a career-best throw of 256 feet, 10 inches (78.28). Born this day in 1993, Quinn is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Kyle!


Happy Birthday - April 27

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On April 27 we're wish a happy birthday to softball's Shaliyah Geathers and to women's basketball legend Bridgette Gordon

A sophomore from Chattanooga, Geathers has played in 43 games for the Lady Vols, including 42 starts. She is batting .339 this season with three home runs and 26 RBIs. Geathers began the month of April with a bang, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI at No. 7 Auburn on April 4, just one day after hitting a three-run home run off the scoreboard against the Tigers. Last year as a freshman, Geathers made 24 starts and batted .313 en route to being named a member of the Freshman All-SEC team. Geathers turns 20 years old today.



Gordon made an NCAA-record four consecutive trips to the Final Four during her playing days at the University of Tennessee. She won two national championships (1987 and 1989) while on Rocky Top and completed her career with an overall record of 115-21. A two-time All-American, she was one of just 20 players to be recognized as a Legend of the Final Four in 1996. Gordon led the SEC in scoring during both the 1988 and 1989 seasons and was one of just two collegiate members of the 1988 USA Olympic gold-medal winning women's basketball team.



Happy birthday, Shaliyah and Bridgette!


Happy Birthday - April 25

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On April 25 we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Victoria Florence as well as softball legend Ellen Renfroe!

A sophomore from Madison, Alabama, Florence is a member of the varsity rowing squad at UT. This season she rowed in the Women's 8+ shell that earned gold in a time of 18 minutes, 4.7 seconds at the Secret City Head Race. Florence is a computer engineering major and turns 20 years old today.

Victoria  Florence

Renfroe was a force to be reckoned with in the circle during her four years as a member of the Tennessee softball team. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was a three-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC performer, and a two-time national player of the year. As a senior in 2014, she logged a 30-win season, going 30-8. She finished out her career with a 102-25 record, 1,005 strikeouts, and a 1.65 ERA while in the circle for Tennessee. She is 23 years old today.



Happy birthday Victoria and Ellen!




Happy Birthday - April 24

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On April 24 we're sending happy birthday wishes to Tennessee basketball legend, Ernie Grunfeld



Now the president of the Washington Wizards in the NBA, Grunfeld scored 2,249 points for the Volunteers between 1973-77. That figure ranks second all-time at UT, as does his 22.3 points per game career scoring average. A two-time All-American, Grunfeld had his No. 22 jersey officially retired by UT on March 2, 2008. Following his playing career, Grunfeld played in the NBA for nine seasons before becoming the general manager of the New York Knicks and eventually the Milwaukee Bucks.

Happy birthday, Ernie!


Happy Birthday - April 23

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On April 23 we're sending out a happy birthday to former football standout Joey Kent! 

Kent is Tennessee's all-time leader in career receptions (183), receiving yards (2,814), and touchdown receptions (25). He played on Rocky Top from 1993-96 and was a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He went on to be drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and made a Super Bowl appearance with the renamed Tennessee Titans in 2000. Kent will be on campus for this weekend's DISH Orange and White Game as part of the Wide Receiver U reunion.


Happy birthday, Joey! 

Happy Birthday - April 20

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Today we're celebrating the birthday of one of Tennessee's basketball legends: Allan Houston!



Houston is UT's all-time leading scorer at 2,801 points in his 128 games over four years on Rocky Top. He trails only Pete Maravich on the SEC's all-time scoring chart. Houston was a two-time All-American and a four-time All-SEC selection, Houston went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. In 2011, Tennessee retired his #20 jersey to make him the third UT men's basketball player to have his number retired at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Houston is currently an assistant general manager for the Knicks.

Happy birthday, Allan Houston!


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