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Happy Birthday - May 2

On May 2 we've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate as we wish a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Stephanie Grozio, former women's swimming and diving standout Tori Lamp, and baseball VFL Luke Hudson!

Grozio is a true freshman out of East Brunswick, New Jersey, and is a member of Tennessee's novice squad in the rowing program. She attended East Brunsiwck High School where she played basketball, softball, and volleyball. Born this day in 1996, Grozio is 19 years old today.

Stephanie Grozio

A 2014 graduate, Lamp is considered to be one of the best divers in Tennessee's swimming and diving program history. She was a three-time SEC champion on the platform, winning in back-to-back-to-back years from 2012-14. She also earned a silver medal in the 1-meter springboard in 2013 as well as a silver and a bronze in the 3-meter springboard in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Lamp earned seven All-America certificates during her time on Rocky Top and was the 2013 CSCAA National Diver of the Year. She currently holds the UT record in both the platform and 3-meter springboard categories.

Hudson was a pitcher for the Volunteers from 1996-98, recording a record of 15-5 during his three seasons in the Orange and White. He went on to be drafted by Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft and made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. In 2004, he went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine starts with the Reds before spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Kansas City Royals. He retired from professional baseball in 2009.

Happy birthday, Stephanie, Tori, and Luke!

Happy Birthday - April 18

We've got three birthdays to celebrate on this 18th day of April as we send 'happy birthday' wishes to swimmer Caroline Finkbeiner and Eve Repic of women's tennis, not to mention former Lady Vol golf standout Erica Popson

Finkbeiner recently concluded her junior season with the Tennessee swimming and diving program. She competed in five events for UT: the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. She earned her best finish of the season, a runner-up placement, at Queens after swimming 500-yard freestyle in five minutes, 4.56 seconds. In total, she racked up nine top-10 finishes over the 2014-15 season. Finkbeiner turns 21 years old today.

A sophomore from Ontario, Canada, Repic recently concluded her second season on Rocky Top with a singles record of 16-11. For her career, she is 38-23 overall. Repic went out with a win, defeating Emily Flickinger of Auburn 6-1, 7-6 during the opening round of the 2015 SEC Women's Tennis Tournament. She was ranked as high as No. 40 this season. Born this day in 1995, Repic turns 20 today.

A four-year standout for Tennessee women's golf from 2009-13, Popson recorded eight top finishes over her career for the Orange and White. She won top medalist honors at the 2011 SEC Championship, firing a three day total of 210 (66-74-70) before going on to another victory at the NCAA West Regional. Popson finished her career with 18 top-10 finishes, 51 rounds of par or better, and a scoring average of 73.40. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time All-SEC performer. Following graduation, she earned membership status into the LPGA and earned full exemption into the LPGA Tour for 2014. 

Happy birthday, Caroline, Eve, and Erica!

Happy Birthday - March 26

It's March 26 and we've got some 'happy birthday' wishes to a pair of UT freshman: David Heron of swimming and diving and Igor Smelyanski of men's tennis!

A redshirt freshman from Mission Viejo, California, Heron already ranks second all-time at UT in both the 1000-yard freestyle (9:04.34) and the 1650. In just his very first race of the 2014-15 season, he broke UNC Wilmington's 19-year-old-pool record by swimming a 9:11.21 in the 1000 Free. Heron is slated to compete this week in the 500 Free and 1650 Free at the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. His 500 prelim begins today (Thursday) at 12 p.m. ET with finals slated for tonight beginning at 8 p.m. Today is Heron's 20th birthday.

David Heron

Smelyanski, a native of Beer Yaaqov, Israel, is in the midst of his true freshman season with the men's tennis program at UT. Thus far he owns a singles record of 10-8 and a doubles mark of 10-5 -- a record that includes the 2014 Southern Intercollegiate Championship with teammate Andrew Dromsky. Before arriving on Rocky Top, Smelyanski achieved a career-high ATP ranking of 721 in singles and 808 in doubles. Those marks gave the Vols three active players with a tour ranking inside the top 900 to begin the year. He is 20 years old today. 

Igor Smelyanski

Happy birthday, David and Igor!

Happy Birthday - March 13

On this Friday the 13th of March we've got five, count 'em, five birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top. Current student athletes Candace Flemmings (rowing), Molly Hannis (women's swimming and diving), and Gustav Aberg Lejdstrom (men's swimming and diving) will each be blowing out the candles today, as will VFLs Tonya Edwards (women's basketball) and David Martin (football). 

Flemmings is a true freshman from Cary, North Carolina, and is a member of UT's novice squad. She attended Green Hope High School where she played basketball and ran track. She is 19 years old today.

Candace Flemmings

One of the senior leaders on the women's swimming and diving squad, Hannis has qualified for this month's NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. She has clocked a pair of top-three times nationally this season after earning two silver medals at the 2015 SEC Championships in late February. She ranks first in the country in the 100 breaststroke (58.42) after winning the gold medal in Greensboro last December at USA Swimming Winter Nationals and ranks third in the women's 200 breaststroke (2:06.98) after earning second place i the same pool the next night. She has collected 13 SEC medals over her storied career. Hannis is 23 years old today.

Molly Hannis

Aberg Lejdstrom is a junior from Helsinborg, Sweden. During this last season, he picked up a win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.24 to open the year at UNCW. At that same meet, he anchored the 200-yard medley relay team to a first-place finish. He earned three A final appearances at the Nike Cup in the 100 free, 200 free, and 100 fly. He turns 23 years old today. 

Gustav  Aberg Lejdstrom

Edwards played basketball for the Lady Vols from 1986-1990 under head coach Pat Summitt. She was a two-time national champion, helping the squad to national title in 1987 and 1989 and scored 1,309 points in her career. After her playing career, she went on to play professionally in Spain, Turkey, and Israel before returning to America to play in the American Basketball League. When the ABL folded, she was selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the 1999 WNBA draft. She also played with the Charlotte Sting and Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. 

Tonya Edwards

Martin, a football VFL, played wide receiver at Tennessee from 1998-2000 before being selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2001 NFL Draft. He would play 11 seasons in the league, including stops with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, and amassed 152 catches for 1,519 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He returned to Knoxville in 2012 to accept his diploma from the University of Tennessee. 

Happy birthday, Candace, Molly, Gustav, Tonya, and David!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 7

We have a trio of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today: volleyball teammates Taylor Johnson and Bridgette Villano are blowing out the candles, as is swimming and diving's Amy Lubawy

A setter from Temecula, California, Johnson recently completed her first season with Tennessee volleyball after transferring to UT from Long Beach State. She appeared in 22 matches on the year, logging 225 assists at an average of 4.09 per set. She also notched two double-doubles on the year, including a career-best 34-assist, 11-dig performance at Mississippi State. Johnson is 20 years old today.

Taylor Johnson

Also celebrating her 20th birthday is teammate and UT volleyball defensive specialist Bridgette Villano. A native of Davie, Florida, Villano appeared in all 32 matches for the Lady Vols last season and saw significant time at the libero position. She led the team in total digs with 328, ranked second in digs per set 3.01, and had 15 matches of 10 or more digs on the year. 

Bridgette  Villano

Lubawy just concluded her freshman season on Rocky Top after arriving at UT as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Nevada. The Las Vegas native swims freestyle and butterfly and posted career-bests at UNC Wilmington to open the year. At that meet she finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.76) and was runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly (57.52). 

Amy Lubawy

Happy birthday Taylor, Bridgette, and Amy!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 28

We've got a bevy of birthdays to celebrate on this final day of February: football's Jason Croom and soccer's Michele Christy each blow out the candles today, as do VFLs Antone Davis (football) and Michael Christy (swimming and diving). Soccer alumna Caroline Capocaccia was a leap-year baby, born Feb. 29.

A redshirt junior, Croom saw action in 12 games with one start at wideout during the 2014 football season. He finished the year with 21 catches for 305 yards and four touchdowns, including a career-long, 52-yard TD reception against Kentucky. Born this day in 1994, Croom is 21 years old today.

Jason  Croom

Another junior, Michele Christy appeared in 22 matches for UT Soccer last season, including 16 starts. A midfielder from Ursuline Academy, Christy scored her first career goal in the 67th minute of an SEC Tournament game against Alabama -- a headed effort that leveled the score. She turns 20 today.

Michele Christy

An offensive lineman for Tennessee from 1987-90, Davis was an All-American and an Outland Trophy finalist. He went on to be drafted eighth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1991 NFL Draft, kicking off a five-year NFL career. In 2012, Davis was hired to head UT's Vol For Life program. 

Antone Davis

Michael Christy swam for Tennessee from 2007-12 and ranks inside the top 10 all-time at Tennessee three individual events: 200 backstroke, 200 IM, 400 IM.

Michael Christy

Capocaccia played defender with UT Soccer for four seasons from 2010-13. She appeared in 59 games in her career, getting the starting nod 53 times. She turns 23 years old today. 

Caroline Capocaccia

A very happy Big Orange birthday to each of these members of the Tennessee family!

Lady Vol Illustrated returns to the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.


Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features head coach Holly Warlick and live appearances from senior Isabelle Harrison and women's swimmer Molly Hannis.

Harrison became the 39th Lady Vol to reach the 1,000 point club last week against Kentucky. 


The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at or HERE on the Lady Vol Network. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 14

Happy Birthday to redshirt senior Max Arnold! Arnold is a defensive back for Team 119. We also wish a Happy Birthday to Ed Walsh, a former All-American sprinter for Vols swimming and a current volunteer swimming coach. 

Max ArnoldEd Walsh

Happy Birthday - Jan. 12

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to current track and field thrower Deon McAdoo. He earned a personal best this past week in the men's weight throw. He rounded out the top-three finishers with another personal best mark of 18.58.
Deon McAdoo
We also wish a Happy Birthday to former track and field  Deaundra Dailey and swimmer Jenny Connolly. 
Deaundra DaileyJenny Connolly

Happy Birthday - Dec. 30

Today, we wish Erin Gaeckle (swimming and diving), Trevor Charpie (baseball and Bridget Boland (rowing) a very special Happy Birthday!

Erin GaeckleTrevor CharpieBridget Boland

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