Jan. 26, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The 14th-ranked Tennessee means swimming and diving team fell to the 8th-ranked Florida Gators (5-5, 4-2 SEC) Friday 132-103. This second consecutive loss caps off their dual-meet schedule with a 6-2 (2-2 SEC) record.
"We started the meet strong with some great swims," UT head coach John Trembley said. "Jim Dabney swam a nice 200 freestyle. Octavio Alesi won the 50 freestyle. Andrew Engle had his lifetime best, unshaven 50 freestyle. And Steve Fortney swam a very excellent 400 IM. I'm also very pleased with Michael Wolfe who captured a great 200 fly victory."
Alesi and the 200 medley relay stole the show for the Volunteers, coming in first with a time of 1:28.57.
"Barry Murphy, Brad Boswell, Engle and Alesi all swam at their best or better than their best unshaven race, which is very rare on a relay because it's hard to get everyone to fire on all cylinders," Trembley said. "Anything that didn't go our way today is offset by that."
In addition to the medley relay performance, Alesi also won the 50 and 100 freestyles. Alesi finished the entire season without losing a single event.
"The coaching staff is very proud of Alesi," Trembley said. "As he won the 100 free, he completed his booming season, as he managed to remain undefeated in every event he has raced in this season. David Edgar, if I recall correctly, is the only other Tennessee swimmer to do so."
Also on the night, Michael Muscari finished second in the 1-meter diving with 297.38 points and third in the 3-meter diving with 372.00 points. Stan Czarnecki, Travis Wright and Peter McVey took the top 3 places in a 100 butterfly exhibition. Jeff Sudbury, Michael Russo and Fortney dominated the 200 breaststroke as they also took first, second and third places.
Next on the schedule for the Vols is the SEC Championships in Lexington, Ky. The diving championships will be held Feb. 2-4 and the swimming championships follow on Feb. 7-10.