Sept. 26, 2013
UNC Wilmington: 0-0
Last Season for UT: The Tennessee men's and women's teams completed their first year as a combined program in 2012-13. The young men's squad developed as the season wore on. The team placed fourth at the SEC Championships and 16th at the NCAA Championships. Sam Rairden, a senior this season, proved to be the leader in the pool for the team, earning five All-America honors at the national meet.
Last Time vs. UNC Wilmington: The men's team beat UNC Wilmington 175-118 in the season opener last year, the first meet Tennessee swam as a combined program. Senior team captain Ed Walsh, now a volunteer coach, swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, and Tristan Slater took first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Who's New: The Vols have eight freshmen on the roster this fall, six swimming and two divers. Many are looking to make their career debuts Friday.
Last Season for UT: The women's team enjoyed its greatest NCAA finish ever in 2013. Thanks to three national championship relay teams -- the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200 freestyle relay -- and sterling diving performances by Tori Lamp and Jodie McGroarty, Tennessee finished third at the NCAA Championships. Returning senior Lindsay Gendron reached the A final in all three of her individual races. The team took fourth at the SEC Championships.
Last Time vs. UNC Wilmington: The UT women won 195-99 in the season-opening meeting last year at Seahawk Natatorium. Harper Bruens won two races in her collegiate debut (100 and 200 freestyle), while veteran Molly Hannis won her usual 100 breaststroke and also took first in the 100 butterfly.
Who's New: Tennessee's roster features plenty of new faces with 10 freshmen and two transfers. Most will be starting their Tennessee careers Friday.
ORDER OF EVENTS200 Medley Relay
W 1-meter Dive
M 3-meter Dive
W 3-meter Dive
M 1-meter Dive
400 Freestyle Relay