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Happy Birthday - March 22

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On March 22 we're celebrating the birthdays of soccer's Christine Creighton, rowing's Nikole Metz, and men's tennis legend Rhyne Williams

Creighton is a native of Haverhill, Florida, and recently completed her true freshman season with the Tennessee women's soccer program in 2014. She appeared in 16 matches on the season, logging three goals and one assist. Her first career goal came in the 40th minute of a home match against Mississippi State in late September. She is an elementary education major and turns 18 years old today.

Christine Creighton

Metz is a junior coxswain with the rowing program and is a native of Fayetteville, New York. This season she placed fourth at the Chattanooga Head Race in Women's College 4+ with a time of 18:52.3. The political science major began her collegiate rowing career at SMU before transferring to Rocky Top. She is 21 years old today.

Nikole Metz

Williams played varsity tennis for his hometown University of Tennessee from 2009-11, piecing together two of the best seasons in program history in 2010 and 2011. During those years, he captured consecutive All-America honors and earned the ITA's No. 1 ranking in 2011 en route to reaching the NCAA Singles Championships. He finished his career with a singles record of 83-17 and a doubles mark of 66-14. Williams now competes on the ATP World Tour. 



Happy birthday, Christine, Nikole, and Rhyne!


Happy Birthday - March 16

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On March 16 we're wishing a happy birthday to freshman rower Katherine Pearson

Katherine Pearson

A native of Garden City, New York, Pearson is a member of the novice squad. At Pomfret School, she was a member of the varsity rowing team, squash team, and cross country team. She is majoring in business at UT and turns 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Katherine!


Happy Birthday - March 15

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On the heels of this weekend's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships -- and on the brink of the 2015 outdoor season, which begins on Thursday -- we have a quartet of Tennessee track and field birthdays to report on this day. Today we're celebrating the birthdays of junior thrower Cameron Brown, junior pole vaulter Jake Blankenship, freshman cross country and middle distance runner Drew Kelley, and VFL from the throws Aslynn Halvorson. Today is also the birthday of rowing's Natalie Tavares

Brown is the 2015 SEC Indoor Champion in the men's weight throw after turning in a winning effort of 74 feet, 1.75 inches (22.60 meters) two weeks ago in Lexington. He was just the second Volunteer in the conference's history to win the event. He is also the current school record-holder in the men's weight throw, having broken Garland Porter's 11-year-old record with a throw of 76 feet, 8.50 inches (23.38) back in February. 

Cameron  Brown

Blankenship is blowing out the candles just two days removed from a silver-medal performance in the men's pole vault at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. He set a new lifetime-best in the event with a vault of 19 feet, 0.25 inches (5.80 meters). That mark is the second-best in program history and also stands as the second-best mark for a runner-up finisher in NCAA history. He has earned indoor first team All-America honors for the second time in his career on Rocky Top. 

Jake  Blankenship

Kelley is in the midst of his first season with the Tennessee track and field program, hailing from Roswell, Georgia. Just two weekend's ago, he set a new personal best in the mile at the 2015 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 4:21.12. 

Drew  Kelley

Halvorson competed in the throws for UT from 2010-14, notching marks in the indoor shot put and weight throw as well as the outdoor shot put, hammer throw, and discus. She ranks seventh all-time at UT in the outdoor shot put (52-5.5/15.99) and is ninth in the discus (169-9/51.75). She owns a degree in kinesiology from Tennessee.

Aslynn Halvorson

A sophomore from Fonthill, Ontario, Tavares has logged two seasons with the varsity rowing squad. This season, she was part of the shell that placed fourth in Women's Cup 8+ at the Head of the Hooch race with a time of 16 minutes, 26.4 seconds. She earned gold during the women's 2- with partner Thomson behind a time of 21 minutes, 20.9 seconds. She is an accounting major at UT.

Natalie Tavares

Happy birthday Cameron, Jake, Aslynn, and Natalie! 


Happy Birthday - March 13

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On this Friday the 13th of March we've got five, count 'em, five birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top. Current student athletes Candace Flemmings (rowing), Molly Hannis (women's swimming and diving), and Gustav Aberg Lejdstrom (men's swimming and diving) will each be blowing out the candles today, as will VFLs Tonya Edwards (women's basketball) and David Martin (football). 

Flemmings is a true freshman from Cary, North Carolina, and is a member of UT's novice squad. She attended Green Hope High School where she played basketball and ran track. She is 19 years old today.

Candace Flemmings

One of the senior leaders on the women's swimming and diving squad, Hannis has qualified for this month's NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. She has clocked a pair of top-three times nationally this season after earning two silver medals at the 2015 SEC Championships in late February. She ranks first in the country in the 100 breaststroke (58.42) after winning the gold medal in Greensboro last December at USA Swimming Winter Nationals and ranks third in the women's 200 breaststroke (2:06.98) after earning second place i the same pool the next night. She has collected 13 SEC medals over her storied career. Hannis is 23 years old today.

Molly Hannis

Aberg Lejdstrom is a junior from Helsinborg, Sweden. During this last season, he picked up a win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.24 to open the year at UNCW. At that same meet, he anchored the 200-yard medley relay team to a first-place finish. He earned three A final appearances at the Nike Cup in the 100 free, 200 free, and 100 fly. He turns 23 years old today. 

Gustav  Aberg Lejdstrom

Edwards played basketball for the Lady Vols from 1986-1990 under head coach Pat Summitt. She was a two-time national champion, helping the squad to national title in 1987 and 1989 and scored 1,309 points in her career. After her playing career, she went on to play professionally in Spain, Turkey, and Israel before returning to America to play in the American Basketball League. When the ABL folded, she was selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the 1999 WNBA draft. She also played with the Charlotte Sting and Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. 

Tonya Edwards

Martin, a football VFL, played wide receiver at Tennessee from 1998-2000 before being selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2001 NFL Draft. He would play 11 seasons in the league, including stops with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, and amassed 152 catches for 1,519 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He returned to Knoxville in 2012 to accept his diploma from the University of Tennessee. 



Happy birthday, Candace, Molly, Gustav, Tonya, and David!


Happy Birthday - March 1

It's a brand new month and we've got two birthdays to celebrate along with it. Rower Nicole Burnett and baseball VFL Rich Rodriguez both blow out the candles today!

Burnett is a freshman from Morristown, Tennessee, and a novice and the 2014-15 rowing squad. At Morristown West High School, she was a member of the Beta Club and an AP Scholar. She is majoring in psychology. Born this day in 1996, Burnett turns 19 years old today.

Nicole Burnett

Rodriguez was a pitcher for the Tennessee baseball team from 1982-84. He started 34 games in his UT career, including 11 complete-game efforts. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round of the 1984 MLB Draft and made his major league debut in 1990 with the San Diego Padres. He pitched in the bigs for 14 seasons, concluding his career with the Anaheim Angels in 2003.



Happy birthday, Nicole and Rich! 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 22

Entering the final week of February, we are wishing a happy birthday to football VFL Rashad Baker and freshman rower Danielle Dami! 

Baker was originally recruited as a wide receiver, but made the switch to free safety in the fourth game of his freshman season. He played out the remainder of his Volunteer career -- from 2000-03 -- in that position, earning first team All-SEC honors in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2002. After tallying 233 tackles, 11 interceptions, and and 24 pass deflections at Tennessee, he went on to play six seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Oakland Raiders. 

Rashad Baker 

We're also sending "happy birthday" wishes to freshman Dami who is in the midst of her first season with Tennessee Rowing. A  native of Grayling, Michigan, Dami is a member of the novice squad this season and is majoring in environmental studies. She turns 20 years old today. 

Danielle Dami

Happy birthday, Rashad and Dami!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 20

We've got three Big Orange birthdays on Rocky Top on this third Friday of February, as current student-athletes Brueck Ball (rowing) and Brodie Leftridge (baseball) celebrate their respective birthdays, as does baseball VFL Julio Borbon. 

A sophomore from Nashville, Ball is in her second season with Tennessee rowing and first as a varsity squad member. She turns 20 years old today. 

A true freshman from Baltimore, Maryland, outfielder Leftridge is gearing up for his first season with Vol Baseball. He was ranked a top-50 outfielder coming out of St. John's Catholic Prep and was the No. 4 prospect out of the state of Maryland. Leftridge turns 19 years old today. 

VFL Julio Borbon, now with the Baltimore Orioles organization, helped Tennessee reach the College World Series in 2005. He ranked third on that team with a .350 batting average -- the fifth-best batting average for a freshman in Tennessee history. He went on to lead UT with a .366 batting average in 2006 and posted a .345 batting average in 2007 -- his final season on Rocky Top.

Brueck Ball Brodie  Leftridge Julio Borbon

Happy birthday, Brueck, Brodie, and Julio!

Happy Birthday - Jan. 17

Today, we come together to wish head football coach Butch Jones the happiest of Birthdays!

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones

Also, join us in wishing former Vols Garrick Porteous (M Golf) and Evelyn Radford (rowing) Happy Birthday!

Garrick PorteousEvelyn Radford

Two prestigious football VFLs are also celebrating their birthdays today, Jimmy Colquitt, STL Rams starting Center Scott Wells and Dontavis Sapp!

Scott WellsDontavis Sapp

Happy Birthday - Dec. 31

On the last day of 2014, join us in wishing senior football running back Marlin Lane a very Happy Birthday! Lane will be spending his birthday with teammates in Jacksonville as they prepare for the TaxSlayer Bowl. We would also like to wish Erin Gibbemeyer of rowing a Happy Birthday!

Marlin LaneErin Gibbemeyer

Happy Birthday - Dec. 30

Today, we wish Erin Gaeckle (swimming and diving), Trevor Charpie (baseball and Bridget Boland (rowing) a very special Happy Birthday!

Erin GaeckleTrevor CharpieBridget Boland

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