Jan. 14, 2003
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee men's swimming and diving team improved to 5-0, defeating the ninth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers 126-117 Tuesday at the UT Student Aquatic Center. The Vols extended their record against the Cavaliers to 5-1 all-time.
"This was a team win," head coach John Trembley said. "It came down to the last event and we pulled through."
In continuation of the strong relay tradition, eleventh-ranked Tennessee started the day with a win by the 400 medley relay squad and closed out the day with a win by the 400 freestyle relay squad. Going into the last event, the score was tied at 113 and the Vols need to win the 400 free relay. The quartet of Gueraldi, Gustafson, Rosal and Simpson took it all on their shoulders and touched the wall in a time of 3:02.74, giving the Tennessee the win.
"We will take the `W'," Trembley said. "Virginia swam tough and was very prepared for us. To get out with a win was good, but our guys were flat and we need to work on that."
The Vols also controlled the diving well winning both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events. Jones took the one-meter with a score of 347.25 and the trio of Jones, Dorsey and Vilardo swept the three-meter event when it counted the most. Tennessee was trailing coming into the diving and needed a sweep of the three-meter to stay in contention.
"I knew we could pull it off," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "This is a team sport and today was a total team effort.""
Next up for the Volunteers is a home meet with SEC foe Georgia Jan. 25, at the UT Student Aquatic Center.