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Lady Vols Ranked 10th Entering Holiday Break

The undefeated Lady Vol swimming and diving team is ranked 10th in the CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll entering the holiday season. 

In dual meets, the team has started the year 5-0 and 1-0 in SEC play. The Lady Vols concluded the fall by winning the Tennessee Invitational. The team was previously ranked seventh nationally. 

Meanwhile, the Vols (3-2, 1-0 SEC) dropped out of the men's national rankings despite winning the Tennessee Invitational. They have been ranked as high as 13th this year. 

 NCAA Division 1 Women's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of December 5, 2012 
(School, record, previous rank) 
1. Southern California, (5-0, Pac 12 4-0), 1 
2. Texas A&M, (4-0, SEC 2-0), 4 
3. Georgia, (5-0, SEC 3-0), 3 
4. California, (4-0, Pac 12 1-0), 2 
5. Texas, (3-1, Big 12 0-0), 5 
6. Arizona, (4-2, Pac 12 1-2), 13 
7. Stanford, (2-1, Pac 12 0-0), 6 
8. Virginia, (3-0, ACC 0-0), 10 
9. Florida, (1-3, SEC 1-2), 11 
10. Tennessee, (5-0, SEC 1-0), 7 
11. Auburn, (3-0, SEC 2-0), 9 
12. Penn State, (3-1, Big Ten 1-0), NR 
13. UCLA, (8-0, Pac 12 5-0), 12 
14. Minnesota, (5-0, Big Ten 3-0), 8 
15. Ohio State, (4-1, Big Ten 0-0), 16 
16. North Carolina, (2-1, ACC 1-0), 15 
17. Louisville, (2-1, Big East 1-0), 17 
T18. Florida State, (10-0, ACC 3-0), 24 
T18. Arizona State, (2-2, Pac 12 1-2), 18 
20. Missouri, (3-2, SEC 1-2)¸NR 
21. Notre Dame, (1-3, Big East 1-1), 21 
22. Indiana, (2-4, Big Ten 1-1)¸14 
23. SMU, (1-1, CUSA 1-0), 23 
24. Michigan, (1-3, Big Ten 1-2), 22 
25. Arkansas, (3-1, SEC 2-1), 23 
Also received votes: Purdue, San Diego State, Harvard, Wisconsin 

Happy Birthday: Dec. 1 - Cheekmore, Heyland, McMichael, Summers

On Dec. 1, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore runner J.R. Creekmore of the cross country and track teams, junior swimmer Oystein Hetland and junior tight end Dakota Summers of the football team. 

J.R. Creekmore  Oystein Hetland  Dakota Summers

Also from the archives, former Vols baseball pitcher and longtime major leaguer Greg McMichael, celebrates his birthday. McMichael pitched with the Braves, Mets, Dodgers and A's in his career from 1993-2000.


Tarwater Takes Silver, Magnuson Bronze on Day 1

AUSTIN, Texas -- Volunteer assistant Davis Tarwater and former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson both finished with medals Thursday to start the AT&T Winter National Championships.
 
It was a good first day for UT competitors both past and future as all four reached the finals of their respective races.
 
Tarwater took silver in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.36 seconds, improving on his fifth-place prelim time of 19.52.
 
Magnuson, a four-year standout for the Lady Vols who now trains in Arizona, had the fastest prelim time in the women's 50 free but ended up finishing third in the evening finals in 21.91.
 
Evan Pinion, a Knoxville swimmer who recently signed his National Letter of Intent with the Vols, took sixth in the 500 freestyle in 4:19.78. He had clocked a time of 4:17.21 in the preliminaries.
 
A former SEC champion breaststroker for UT, Brad Craig found success in the 200 individual medley. He qualified for the evening races with the 21st fastest time in the preliminaries and then won the C Final in a time of 1:46.17.
 
Races continue today in Austin. 

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

Stewart

Wright

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

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