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Happy Birthday - Dec. 30: T. Bailey, B. Boland, T. Charpie, E. Gaeckle

On Dec. 30, we celebrate the birthdays of senior women's soccer player Tori Bailey, freshman rower Bridget Boland, sophomore right-handed pitcher Trevor Charpie and junior swimmer Erin Gaeckle.

Tori Bailey Bridget Boland Trevor Charpie Erin Gaeckle

Kredich Named SwimSwam Coach of Year

Matt Kredich was named the 2013 college coach of the year in SwimSwam's end-year Swammy Awards

In 2012-13, Kredich wrapped up his first season as the head coach of the newly combined men's and women's programs. The women's squad enjoyed its most successful season in 2013, finishing third at the NCAA Championships. The men improved to finish 16th at NCAAs, six places higher than 2012.

The team won its first three relays in program history -- the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. Lindsay Gendron made the A finals in all three of her individual events, and Tori Lamp and Jodie McGroarty scored major points in diving.

SwimSwam has also recently released its power rankings through the fall season. The women were seventh and the men were 15th.

Happy Birthday - Dec. 23: Mack Crowder, Drew Peterson, Herman Lathers

On Dec. 23, we celebrate the birthdays of Vols redshirt junior offensive lineman Mack Crowder and junior swimmer Drew Peterson. We also send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vol linebacker Herman Lathers today.

Mack Crowder Drew Peterson Herman Lathers

Happy Birthday - Nov. 25: Samantha Lera

On Nov. 25, we wish a happy birthday to sophomore diver Samantha Lera.

Samantha Lera

Happy Birthday - Nov. 20: Lauren Driscoll, Justin Worley

On Nov. 20, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore swimmer Lauren Driscoll and Vols junior quarterback Justin Worley.

Lauren Driscoll Justin Worley

Women's Swimming Ranked Eighth Nationally

The women's swimming and diving team is opening the year ranked eighth nationally. UT is coming off a banner year in which the team finished third at the NCAA Championships and won its first three NCAA relay titles. 

The CSCAA D1 Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll.  The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Ranking are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets.

 

NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of October 31, 2013

1. California

2. Georgia

3. Southern California

4. Texas A&M

5. Florida

6. Texas

7. Stanford

8. Tennessee

9. North Carolina

10. Indiana

11. Arizona

12. Louisville

13. Auburn

14. Minnesota

15. Arkansas

16. Southern Methodist University

17. Michigan

18. Virginia

19. Ohio State

20. Wisconsin

21. Alabama

22. Arizona State

23. NC State

24. Florida State

25. Penn State

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

There are lots of birthdays with Tennessee ties to celebrate on Oct. 29.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey, a three-time All-American while pitching for the Vols in the 1990s.



Former Vols running back Travis Henry, who is Tennessee's all-time leading rusher with 3,078 yards.



All-American women's basketball legend Michelle Marciniak, the MVP of the 1996 Final Four.



Current women's swimmer senior Lauren Solernou also celebrates her birthday today.

Lauren Solernou

Men's Swimming & Diving Ranked 8th Nationally

The Tennessee has opened the year eighth in the CSCAA's Division I men's swimming and diving national team rankings. 

With nearly everyone back this year plus some key newcomers, the Vols are looking to build off last year's postseason performance. Tennessee finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference and 16th at the NCAA Championships. 

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division 1 Team Rankings are voted on by eight CSCAA-member coaches and one media member.   The rankings will be released on a regular basis throughout the 2013-14 season, alternating weeks between a men's and women's team ranking.
 


The CSCAA D1 Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll.  The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Rankings are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets.
 


NCAA Division 1 Men's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of October 24, 2013

1.    Michigan

2.    Florida

3.    California

4.    Texas

5.    Stanford

6.    Georgia

7.    Minnesota

8.    Tennessee

9.    Indiana

10.  Florida State

11.  Ohio State

12.  Auburn

13.  Louisville

14.  Virginia Tech

15.  Alabama

16.  Missouri

17.  North Carolina

18.  Wisconsin

19.  Penn State

20.  Utah

21.  Iowa

22.  Notre Dame

23.  Arizona

24.  North Carolina State

25.  South Carolina
 

Also receiving votes: LSU and Kentucky

Happy Birthday - Oct. 16: Lindsay Gendron

On Oct. 16, we wish Happy Birthday to senior women's swimmer and two-time NCAA relay champion Lindsay Gendron, who celebrates her 21st birthday today.

Lindsay Gendron

Swimming & Diving in the News

The Tennessee swimming and diving team has been in the news quite a bit over the last few days, for stories of survival and recovery to national team predictions. 

Former Tennessee swimmer Nicole Gross and her husband (another UT swimming alum) Michael, were both injured in the Boston Marathon bombing at the finish line earlier this year. Both returned to Knoxville and the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center recently to meet with the team. Nicole Gross' quest for recovery is documented in this USA Today feature.

SwimSwam, an international swimming news organization, has been rolling through in-depth season previews of the top college programs. The women's squad took third place last year at the NCAA Championships for the first time. This season, SwimSwam again predicts a top-five finish at NCAAs.

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