Georgia Outlasts Swim Vols 130-100

Jan. 22, 2005

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The 15th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming team couldn't outlast the No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs' depth Saturday at the UT Student Aquatic Center, losing 130-100.

"This was an admiral effort by Georgia today," UT head coach John Trembley said. "Jevon Tarantino swam his guts out and we weren't really sure if he would even dive today. The 400 medley relay team got the meet off to a good start by beating a strong Georgia relay."

The 400-yard medley relay team of Josh Fulton, Kiel Huston, Andrew Engle and Tyler Gustafson opened the meet with a first-place finish in 3:20.21.

Gustafson followed up his strong performance in the 400-medley relay with a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.47.

Octavio Alesi brought home his first career win in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.03. Engle finished fourth in 21.46.

Bryan Goldberg won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.11.

Sophomore Jevon Tarantino challenged until the very end in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards but could not hold off Chris Colwill of Georgia, finishing second in both events. Tarantino put up a season high on the 1-meter in 354.74 but Colwill edged him with 363.75. On the 3-meter, Colwill (352.72) narrowly edged Tarantino (350.02).

"Jevon is not quite back to his full potential yet but it is a testament to his ability that he was right in it until the end," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Chris (Colwill) has been diving very strong all year."

Junior Casey Dauw finished third in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.43 in his first competition since a mid-December injury forced him from competing. Gil Stovall of Georgia won the event in 1:51.62.



Junior Jason Thomas finished second in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:22.89. Bulldog Matthew Owen finished first in 9:18.28.

Sophomore Michael Wolfe ended up in second after a strong showing by Georgia's Peter Osborn in the 200-yard backstroke. Wolfe (1:49.97) couldn't catch Osborn (1:49.28).

Next up for the Vols is a trip to Gainesville, Fla. to face the No. 2 Florida Gators in enemy water.



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