Aqua Vols Suffer First Loss of Season at Virginia, 135-106

Jan. 10, 2004


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 12-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team was handed its first loss of the season by No. 11-ranked Virginia Saturday 135-106.

The Vols were coming off a rigorous Christmas-break training cycle as they continue to prepare for the NCAA Championships. Tennessee (2-1, 1-0) leads the nation with 10 national meet qualifiers.

"Give credit to (the Cavaliers) because they are a fine, well-coached team and they really wanted to win this meet," head coach John Trembley said. "They came prepared with speed suits. But we will continue to keep our focus on the NCAA Championships."

Junior All-America Phillip Jones set two pool records on his way to winning both diving events. He won the one-meter title by putting up an impressive score of 338.85. Jones then followed up with a 391.50 on the three-meter board, where he is the defending NCAA champion. Both of Jones's wins were pool records previously held by former Vol diver and three-time Olympian Gabi Chereches.

After a 2-3 finish in the 400-yard medley relay the Vols got a strong performance by freshman Chris Franklin with third place in the 1000-yard freestyle. Casey Dauw (1:39.61) and Bryan Goldberg (1:39.73) finished second and third in the 200-yard freestyle, getting edged out by Cavalier senior Ian Pritchard (1:39.51).

Senior Raymond Rosal won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.97 seconds. Senior Andrew Bree defeated NCAA finalist Bo Greenwood in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:50.57.

The Vols finished with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Goldberg, Josh Fulton, Rosal, and Tyler Gustafson touched the wall in a 3:01.01. Gustafson anchored the relay in 44.05.



"Tyler had a great relay swim today," Trembley said. "Every time he hits the water he continues to improve."

Next up for the Vols is a trip to No. 1-ranked Auburn Jan. 16.



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