The 21st-ranked Tennessee Volunteers won five races and swept first place in the two diving events but lost 163-137 to ninth-ranked Georgia in Athens, Ga.
"We had a great team effort today but came up a little short against a very good Georgia team," Tennessee interim head coach Lars Jorgensen said. "I was proud of the way we competed and had many bests in season times. We just need to get better.
"Most importantly, we fought hard today."
Henahan won the 100-yard backstroke for the fourth time in five meets this season, leading the field by more than two seconds in a time of 48.17 seconds. He also placed second in the 200 backstroke in 1 minute, 47.50 seconds.
Epperson won the 200 breaststroke in 2:00.35, and finished second in the 100 breastroke in an NCAA B-cut time of 55.35.
FreshmanTristan Slater continued his solid season as one of the Vols' primarly individual medley competitors, winning the 200 IM in 1:50.46.
The 200 individual medley relay team of Henahan, Epperson, Oystein Hetland and Ed Walsh clocked their fastest NCAA B-cut time of the season, winning in 1:28.33. That relay team has swam progressively faster in their three races together, posting B-cut times each swim.
In diving, the Vols were performing on very familiar springboards indeed. The team had competed in the Gabrielsen Natatorium in the first week of January for the Georgia Diving Invitational.
"Overall, I was pleased with the diving today," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "It was nice to be able to win both events. Ryan Helms did an extremely solid job. He didn't dive great, but he didn't make any mistakes, which led to a good performance and he won the event pretty handedly. Brent Sterling didsome good stuff in what was a close contest for second."
The Volsfinished first and second on the 3-meter with freshman Mauricio Robles winning the competition for the first time with a career-best score of 398.93. Helms was second with 394.20, and Brent Sterling took third with 356.25.
"On 3 meter we bounced back and had an exceptional day, going one, two, three finish," Parrington said. "It was a big day for Mauricio Robles, winning his first ever dual meet event with a career high. I'm very excited for Mauricio because he training has been fairly limited because of his thumb this year. I'm very pleased an excited he got the win.
"Across the boards, it was a situation where we felt to help the team as best we could, we had to dive and do a good job on the boards. And we did that."
The Vols will be back in action next week for one last dual meet, facing Florida on Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. for Senior Day.
Georgia 165, Tennessee 135
50 Free: 1. Michael Arnold (UGA) 20.21; 2. Oystein Hetland (UT) 20.69; 3. Ed Walsh (UT) 20.77; 4. Doug Reynolds (UGA) 2.91; 5. Isaac Taylor (UT) 20.91; 6. Ryan McFall (UT) 21.40.
200 Free: 1. Jameson Hill (UGA) 1:37.69; 2. John Simmons (UGA) 1:39.37; 3. Sam Rairden (UT) 1:39.42; 4. Adam Parker (UGA) 1:39.61; 5. Martin Grodzki (UGA) 1:40.21; 6. Ben Scheffer (UT) 1:40.92 ... 7. Jacob Thulin (UT) 1:42.50; 8. Shane Kleinbeck (UT) 1:43.66.
500 Free: 1. Martin Grodzki (UGA) 4:25.14; 2. William Freeman (UGA) 4:27.99; 3. Andrew Gemmell (UGA) 4:29.15; 4. Shane Kleinbeck (UT) 4:33.61; 5. Derek Onken (UGA) 4:33.84; 6. Carl Jones (UT) 4:35.64 ... 7. Sam Petersen (UT) 4:39.14.
100 Breast: 1. Nicolas Fink (UGA) 55.23; 2. Jake Epperson (UT) 55.35; 3. Brett Roberson (UGA) 56.55; 4. Renato Prono (UT) 57.09; 5. Christian Riess (UGA( 57.53; 6. Spencer Rowe (UGA) 58.67 ... 7. Derek Paul (UT) 58.82.
200 Fly: 1. William Freeman (UGA) 1:49.94; 2. Peter Benner (UGA) 1:50.27; 3. Tristian Slater (UT) 1:50.52; 4. Christoffer Wallin (UT) 1:50.84; 5. Todd McGraw (UGA) 1:51.00; 6. Andrew Gemmell (UGA) 1:52.95.
200 IM: 1. Tristian Slater (UT) 1:50.46; 2. Nicolas Fink (UGA) 1:50.99; 3. Jake Epperson (UT) 1:51.07; 4. Peter Benner (UGA) 1:51.23; 5. Jared Markham (UGA) 1:52.24; 6. Christoffer Wallin (UT) 1:52.73 ... 7. Mans Hjelm (UT) 1:53.89.
1-Meter Diving: 1. Ryan Helms (UT) 374.70; 2. Owen Blank (UGA) 354.30; 3. Brent Sterling (UT) 346.13; 4. Jordan Mauney (UT) 297.52; 5. Mauricio Robles (UT) 280.80; 6. Alex Watson (UGA) 278.18; 7. Bobby Chambless (UGA) 241.65
200 Medley Relay: 1. Tennessee (Henahan, Epperson, Hetland, Walsh) 1:28.33; 2. Georgia (Arnold, Fink, Hall, Simmons) 1:29.22; 3. Tennessee (Hjelm, Prono, Thulin, Rairden) 1:31.38 ... 5. Tennessee (Wallin, Paul, McFall, Taylor) 1:33.30.
400 Free Relay: 1. Georgia (Hill, Reynolds, Simmons, Arnold) 2:59.16; 2. Tennessee (Henahan, Rairden, Hetland, Walsh) 3:01.73 ... 5. Tennessee (McFall, Kleinbeck, Prono, Jones) 3:11.84.