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Happy Birthday - Jan. 6: Bailey, Knotts, Linn

Pair of birthdays in the Tennessee track & field programs on Jan. 6. Celebrating are thrower Tavis Bailey and recent graduate and 2012 Torchbearer Award winner Chelsea Knotts.

Tavis Bailey  Chelsea Knotts

Also celebrating a birthday is the "original" Jeremy Linn, who swam for Tennessee in the 1990s and went to win a silver medal for USA in the 1996 Olympics. 

Check out this story from last winter: What does swimmer Jeremy Linn think of Jeremy Lin?

Happy Birthday - Dec. 30: Tori Bailey, Erin Gaeckle

We send Happy Birthday wishes to junior soccer midfielder Tori Bailey and sophomore swimmer Erin Gaeckle on Dec. 30, the penultimate day of the year. 

Tori Bailey  Erin Gaeckle

Happy Birthday - Dec. 29: Berry, Wilkins, Wood

On Dec. 29. we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols football All-American turned NFL Pro Bowler Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also celebrating on Dec. 29 are recent swimming graduate Atlantis Wilkins and baseball's athletic trainer Jeff Wood.

Atlantis Wilkins  Jeff Wood

Happy Birthday - Dec. 23: Crowder, Lathers, Peterson

On Dec. 23 we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior linebacker Herman Lathers and redshirt freshman center Mack Crowder of the football team.

Herman Lathers  Mack Crowder

Also celebrating on Dec. 23 is sophomore swimmer Drew Peterson.

Drew Peterson

Happy Birthday: Dec. 22 - Swimmer Isaac Taylor

Happy Birthday to sophomore freestyle swimmer Isaac Taylor on Dec. 22. 
Isaac Taylor

Happy Birthday - Dec. 20: Ojeda, Sanderson

On Dec. 20, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols baseball player Augie Ojeda, who played in the majors with the Cubs, Twins and Diamondbacks and current junior swimmer Grace Anne Sanderson.

  Grace Anne Sanderson

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

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