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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


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

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