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Happy Birthday - Nov. 25: Ryan Helms & Samantha Lera

On Nov. 25, we wish Happy Birthday to a pair of members of divers from the swimming & diving program: men's All-SEC performer Ryan Helms and freshman Samantha Lera.

Ryan Helms  Samantha Lera

Happy Birthday: Nov. 20 - Ricky Henahan, Justin Worley

On Nov. 20 we wish Happy Birthday to recent swimming graduate Ricky Henahan and current Vols sophomore quarterback Justin Worley.

Ricky Henahan Justin Worley

UT Swimming in the News

With the Tennessee Invitational in the books, here is some meet coverage about the Vols and Lady Vols from local and swimming outlets:

And some other recent stories: 

Also, here's the most recent article from Tyler Fenwick's Ask a Coach! column for Swimming World:

Happy Birthday: Nov. 19 - Kelsey McQuaid, Jordan Mauney

Happy Birthday on Nov. 19 to freshman soccer player Kelsey McQuaid and senior diver Jordan Mauney.

Kelsey McQuaid  Jordan Mauney

Happy Birthday - Nov. 16: Swimming & Diving's Jones, Stewart, Wright

Three birthdays related to Tennessee athletics on Nov. 16 and all three are part of the swimming & diving program. Happy Birthday to Carl Jones, who finished his career with the Vols last season; former Vol and Swimming Hall of Famer Melvin Stewart, who was an Olympic gold medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; and former Vols star diver Michael Wright, who was an SEC Champion.

Carl Jones  Jones



Gendron Featured on Morning Swim Show

Junior Lindsay Gendron was featured on the Morning Swim Show, an online video program by Swimming World. She talks about how the season has gone so far, plus the changes to the coaching staff and combination of the men's and women's program.

This season, Gendron has been practically perfect off the blocks. Counting Friday's meet, she has won all 10 races she has competed in this year. 

Vols Jump to No. 13 in Swimming Poll

The Vols climbed 11 places to No. 13 in the CSCAA Men's Division I Swimming and Diving National Rankings.

The poll, voted on by a select group of coaches, was released late Tuesday evening. By all accounts, Tennessee (3-1, 1-0 SEC) benefitted from a home victory over Louisville, now ranked 23rd. The rankings are based on dual meet strength of teams, rather than which team would perform best at the NCAA Championships. 

The Lady Vols are currently ranked eighth in the women's poll. 

NCAA Division 1 Men's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of November 6, 2012

(Current rank, record, previous rank)

1.      Michigan (4-0, Big Ten 3-0), 2 (Unanimous)

2.      Florida (3-0, SEC 3-0), 1

3.      Stanford (1-0, Pac 12 0-0), 3

4.      Texas (1-1, Big 12 0-0), 5

5.      California (2-0, Pac 12 0-0), 7

6.      Southern California (1-0, Pac 12 0-0), 4

7.      Indiana (2-2, Big Ten 0-1), 8

8.      Virginia (3-0, ACC 0-0), NR

9.      Minnesota (2-1, Big Ten 2-1), 13

10.  Georgia (1-1, SEC 0-1), t9

11.  North Carolina (3-0, ACC 1-0), t9

12.  Auburn (3-0, SEC 3-0), 6

13.  Tennessee (3-1, SEC 1-0), 24

14.  Iowa (1-1, Big Ten 1-1), 19

15.  Virginia Tech (6-1, ACC 3-1), NR

16.  NC State (2-1, ACC 1-0), 14

17.  Arizona (3-0, Pac 12 0-0), 11

18.  Notre Dame (3-0, Big East 0-0), NR

19.  Florida State (5-1, ACC 1-1), 15

20.  LSU (2-1, SEC 1-1), 22

21.  South Carolina (1-3, SEC 1-1), 12

22.  Ohio State (3-0, Big Ten 0-0), NR

23.  Louisville (1-1, Big East 0-0), 16

24.  Penn State (1-0, Big Ten 0-0), 17

25.  Purdue (2-1, Big Ten 1-0), 18

Also receiving votes: Missouri, Alabama, UNLV, Denver, Wisconsin

Ask a Coach! with Fenwick Series Continues

Swimming associate coach Tyler Fenwick has been chiming in on a weekly Ask a Coach! series of columns with Swimming World's website. 

This week, Fenwick answers a question about training and competing on a single-gender team. He has coaching experience in both instances. He coached the national men's team at Mission Viejo and was previously a volunteer assistant with the Lady Vols before joining Tennessee's staff full time to be part of the newly combined men's and women's program this season.

Women's Swimming and Diving Ranked No. 8

The Lady Vols opened the year at No. 8 in the first CSCAA Division I women's swimming and diving poll, which was released Wednesday evening. 

Tennessee has started the year 4-0 and 1-0 in the SEC. Two of the Lady Vols' victories already this season have come against No. 13 Indiana and No. 19 Louisville. The Lady Vols return to action Nov. 9 at home against Ohio State, a team that received votes in the opening poll. 

The Lady Vols finished last spring second in the SEC Championships and seventh in the NCAA Championships.

The men's rankings were released last week, and the Vols checked in at No. 24.

 NCAA Division 1 Women's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of October 31, 2012

1.     Southern California (2-0, Pac 12 1-0)

2.     Georgia (3-0, SEC 2-0)

3.     California (2-0, Pac 12 1-0)

4.     Texas A&M (3-0, SEC 1-0)

T5   Auburn (3-0, SEC 2-0)

T5   Stanford (1-0, Pac 12 0-0)

7.     Texas (2-0, Big 12 0-0)

8.     Tennessee (4-0, SEC 1-0)

9.     Arizona (4-0, Pac 12 1-0)

10.  North Carolina (2-1, ACC 1-0)

11.  Florida (1-1, SEC 1-1)

12.  Minnesota (4-0, Big Ten 2-0)

13.  Indiana (2-2, Big Ten 1-0)

14.  Virginia (2-0, ACC 0-0)

15.  UCLA (3-0, Pac 12 2-0)

16.  Arizona State (2-0, Pac 12 1-0)

17.  LSU (4-1, SEC 1-1)

18.  Notre Dame (0-1, Big East 0-0)

19.  Louisville (1-1, Big East 0-0)

20.  Michigan (1-3, Big Ten 1-2)

21.  Arkansas (3-1, SEC 2-1)

22.  Florida State (7-0, ACC 3-0)

23.  Wisconsin (3-2, Big Ten 1-2)

24.  Purdue(1-0, Big Ten 0-0)

25.  San Diego State (2-0, Mountain West 1-0)

 Also receiving votes: Missouri, Virginia Tech, Penn State, West Virginia, Kansas, Ohio State, UNLV, NC State

Happy Birthday - Oct. 29: Dickey, Gelb, Henry, Marciniak, Solernou

Lots of birthdays to celebrate on Oct. 29. 

New York Mets pitcher Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey, a three-time All-American while pitching for the Vols in the 1990s.

Tennessee swimmer Samara Gelb, who graduated from UT in 2012.

Former Vols star running back Travis Henry, who is Tennessee's all-time leading rusher with 3,078 yards. Henry played seven years in the NFL.

All-American women's basketball legend Michelle Marciniak was named the MVP of the 1996 FInal Four as UT won the National Championship.

Current Tennessee swimmer Lauren Solernou also celebrates her birthday on Oct. 29. 

Lauren Solernou

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