Wrapping up the Winter Nationals

Dec. 3, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas -- Tennessee swimmers and staff members -- past, present and future -- combined for five medals at last week's AT&T Winter National Championships.

Judging by the weekend performance of recent signee and Knoxville native Evan Pinion, the Vols have much to look forward to in the coming seasons.

The future Vol took second in the 1650-yard freestyle in 14 minutes, 56.47 seconds, a time that would have broken Tennessee's current school record by more than three seconds. His split in the 1000 freestyle would have also been a school record.

Pinion also took fifth in the 500 freestyle in 4:19.78.

Current volunteer assistant and Olympic gold medalist Davis Tarwater led the way for Tennessee Aquatics, a trio of swimmers that also included former Vols Brad Craig and Ricky Henahan.

Tarwater recorded a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle in a time of 19.36 to start the meet. The next day, he added another silver medal to his collection in the 100 butterfly by touching the wall in 45.32.

Craig enjoyed perhaps his best meet performance since finishing his Tennessee career in 2011, making two A Finals at Winter Nationals. The two-time SEC champion placed fourth in his signature race, the 100 breaststroke, in 52.30. He also took sixth in the 200 breaststroke in 1:55.11. He was the only Vol to swim a third race, opening the meet with 17th-place finish in the 200 individual medley.

Henahan, who recently finished his UT career in March, was 15th in the 100 backstroke (47.97) and 26th in the 200 backstroke (1:47.83).

Former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson, who now trains in Tuscon, Ariz., won the 100 butterfly in 51.86. She also took bronze in the 50 freestyle in 51.86.





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