Nov. 19, 2009
After the first day of the Tennessee Invitational, the Vols' swim team is in second place with 278 points. Kentucky leads at 362, Alabama is in third at 237 and Virginia Tech is in fourth with 186 points.
"We swam pretty well," Tennessee head coach John Trembley said. "We are getting better. We aren't exactly where we want to be right now but we are getting better."
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead with a one-two finish in the opening event, the 200 freestyle relay. The Big Orange followed close behind with third and fourth place performances. The Vol team of freshman Ed Walsh, junior Michael DeRocco, sophomore Anders Storvik and senior Jordan Walters grabbed third at 1:22.32. The fourth place (1:22.39) team consisted of freshmen Herbie Behm and Giles Smith, sophomore Ricky Henahan and junior Mattias Kahlin.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Harrison had an impressive performance in the 500 freestyle. The Londonderry, Northern Ireland, native swam a fourth place, NCAA B-cut time of 4:25.83. This mark now leads the team. In seventh was junior Carl Jones at 4:29.98. Also scoring for Tennessee were juniors Chris Winchell in 15th (4:34.51) and Scott Friderichs in 16th (4:39.36). In 18th was freshman Seth Wensel at 4:35.39, Forrest Leary placed 20th (4:38.83) and Knoxville, Tenn., native Michael Zaczyk in 22nd (4:44.11).
"Harrison swam a remarkable 500 today," Trembley said. "We are very proud of his performance."
DeRocco led the Vols in the 50 freestyle with a fifth place (20.50). Smith finished eighth at 20.59 and Storvik had a strong performance in ninth (20.67). Henahan placed 11th (20.93) and Walsh came in 13th (21.01). Behm also scored for the Big Orange in 15th (21.08).
The Vols' best showing of the day came in the 200 I.M. Junior Brad Craig finished second at 1:50.72 and sophomore Jake Epperson swam a third place time of 1:51.10. Junior Patrick Beasley placed fifth at 1:52.26. Sophomore Derek Paul finished 22nd (1:59.64).
To end the first day of competition, the Vols had an impressive swim in the 400 medley relay. The UT squad of Henahan, Craig, DeRocco and Walsh earned the win with a B-Cut time of 3:16.81. Tennessee placed an additional team in fourth at 3:18.52. The fourth-place team consisted of Storvik, Kahlin, Smith and Harrison. In the consolation heat, the Vols earned the team of Winchell, Epperson, Leary and Behm also scored in 12th place (3:27.32).
TENNESSEE DIVING INVITATIONAL
With the swimming invitational in full swing, the Tennessee Diving Invitational featured some of the Southeast's best divers. The three-meter competition began Thursday evening with defending SEC one-meter champion Aaron Fleshner of Alabama and the 2009 SEC Freshman Diver of the Year Ryan Helms. In the end, Fleshner's experience paid off as he won the event with a pool-record mark of 429.10.