Jan. 25, 2003
The eleventh-ranked University of Tennessee men's swimming and diving team came up short against the No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs 132-111 Saturday at the UT Student Aquatic Center. The Vols are 5-1 for the season and 26-2 all-time against the Bulldogs. This is Tennessee's first home loss since the 1998 season when the Vols fell to Texas 124-119 count.
"I am disappointed with the loss," head coach John Trembley said. "We had opportunities to close the gap, but we just didn't get it done. Georgia was tough all the way through."
Renato Gueraldi proved to be a force in the sprint freestyle events, winning both the 50 and 100 free. Gueraldi held the lead the whole way in the 50 free, touching the wall in a time of 20.10. In the 100 free, Gueraldi jumped out fast and held off Georgia's Matt Brado for the win (44.96).
"We must do something to get better," Gueraldi said. "It's how you deal with this situation that makes the difference."
Phillip Jones controlled the diving well winning both the one-meter and three-meter springboard events. Jones took the one-meter with a score of 353.25 and the three-meter with 364.80 points.
"We now travel to Gainesville for a meet with the Gators," Trembley said. "I expect Florida to be tougher than Georgia."
Next up for the Volunteers is a meet with SEC foe Florida Feb. 1 at Gainesville,