Nov. 26, 2008
As recruiting season wraps up, Tennessee swimming and diving program grabbed some of the nation's top recruits. The Vols will see eight new faces on Rocky Top next fall.
"Our new facility had some impact in recruiting," head coach John Trembley said, "As did the success of this team thus far in the 2008-09 season. We are all pretty excited about the future of Tennessee swimming and diving, particularly for these newest Volunteers."
2008-09 Men's Swimming Recruiting Class
Herbie Behm: Herbie will graduate from Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Ariz. Behm is currently the top-ranked sprinter in the nation. As a freshman, he will be the fastest to ever enter UT's program. His 50 and 100 freestyle times are 19.8 and 44.5, respectively.
Paschal Davis: Paschal is a member of the Nashville Aquatic Club and like Behm is a sprinter. Davis is coached by John Morse and is expected to do well at the Tennessee State high school meet. He is an honor student at Montgomery-Bell Academy in Nashville.
Jordan Mauney: Jordan attends Baylor School in Chattanooga. He will add depth to a very strong diving program.
Sam Petersen: Sam trains with Berkeley Aquatics in Berkeley Heights, N. J. Petersen will add to the list of middle distance/distance swimmers for the Vols.
Giles Smith: Giles attends McDonogh School in Baltimore, Md. where he trains with Scott Ward. Smith is a strong butterfly and freestyle sprinter as well as middle distance swimmer. His talent will compliment the Vols' line up next year.
Ed Walsh: Ed, from London, will be one of several international swimmers on the Tennessee team. He was the 17 and under 50/100 sprint freestyle national champion. Walsh will begin competition in the United States as a Volunteer.
Seth Wensel: Seth is from Christiansburg, Va. and trains with the Gator Swim Club in Roanoke, Va. He is a middle distance freestyle and butterfly swimmer. After being heavily recruited, Wensel chose the Big Orange.
Mike Zaczyk: Mike is a member of Knoxville's Pilot Aquatic Club and trains with UT volunteer-assistant and former Vol swimmer Jim Rumbaugh. Though he has only been training for two and half years, he has developed into a strong middle distance freestyle swimmer. Zaczyk is expected to have a strong performance in the Tennessee state high school meet in February.
Tennessee's strong recruiting class will need to fill the shoes of eight senior, who among them have 17 All-America selections.