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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

Men's Swimming & Diving Team Ranked 24th

The College Swim Coaches Association of American's first NCAA Division I men's rankings were released Wednesday, and the Vols came in at No. 24.

The men's team is 2-1 overall this year and 1-0 in SEC play. The Vols and Lady Vols host Louisville on Thursday at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Here is Swimming World's article about the rankings.

Happy Birthday - Oct. 16: L.Gendron, A.Hornbuckle, J.Townsend

On Oct. 16 we wish Happy Birthday to the following connected to Tennessee Athletics:

Junior swimmer Lindsay Gendron; former women's basketball star and current member of the Phoenix Mercury Alexis Hornbuckle and junior track runner and jumper Jazmen Townsend.


Lindsay Gendron

Alexis Hornbuckle

Jazmen Townsend

Happy Birthday - Oct. 8: Carl Svagerko

On Oct. 8, we wish Happy Birthday to junior swimmer Carl Svagerko.



Happy Birthday - Oct. 6: Faith Johnson & Katie Lenz

On Oct. 6 we wish Happy Birthday to freshman freestyler Faith Johnson and junior soccer forward Katie Lenz.


Katie Lenz

Fenwick's Weekly "Ask a Coach" Column Debuts

Associate swimming coach Tyler Fenwick has teamed up with Swimming World Magazine's online site to produce an "Ask a Coach!" mailbag-style column. This week, he answers questions about repeats and intervals ... and his tan. 

The column: Ask a Coach!

Happy Birthday - Sept. 28 - Coombes, Loftus, Meachem

On Sept. 28, we wish Happy Birthday to junior defensive back Tyler Coombes of the football team, sophomore swimmer Molly Loftus and former Vols star receiver and current San Diego Charger Robert Meachem.

Tyler Coombes  Molly Loftus

Robert Meachem Robert Meachem #12 of the San Diego Chargers catches a forty six yard pass over Ron Bartell #21 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter of the season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.

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