Jan. 28, 2006

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The sixth-ranked Florida Gators came to Knoxville Saturday and downed the 11th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving squad 123-113 at the Student Aquatic Center.

"Hats off to the Florida Gators on a fine, hard-racing meet," UT head coach John Trembley said. "We were very rough in some spots but we are right about where we expected to be at this point.

Freshman Barry Murphy led the Vols with two sprint wins in the 50 and 100 free events. Murphy won the 50 free in 20.52 and the 100 free in 45.41. Murphy narrowly edged senior Tyler Gustafson in the 100 free. Gustafson finished second in 45.42.

Octavio Alesi followed Murphy in the 50 free with a second-place finish in 20.83.

Murphy also led the victorious 400 free relay in the final event of the meet. The squad of Murphy, Jeff Sudbury, Gustafson and Alesi won in 1:21.27.

Sophomore Michael Wolfe also looked strong in the water with a win in the 200 butterfly in 1:48.65. Wolfe also finished second in the 200 backstroke in 1:48.08 behind Ryan Lochte of Florida in 1:43.27.

The Vols were narrowly edged in the meet opening 400 medley relay. The foursome led by Wolfe finished second in 3:16.62, only three-tenths of a second behind Florida.

"I was very pleased with Michael Wolfe's performances," Trembley added. "Our double-event winner Barry Murphy is coming on strong at the right time. Any time you can be undefeated, as Murphy was Saturday, it is a high achievement in the SEC.

Senior Bryan Goldberg finished second in the 200 free in 1:40.10 followed by Nolan Morrell in second in 1:40.32. Lochte won the event for the Gators in 1:36.89.



Senior Casey Dauw was the runner-up in the 200 butterfly in 1:51.10. Bradley Ally finished first in 1:49.41 for Florida.

Sophomore Ryan Rincon won the 3-meter springboard event with 321.30 points. Senior John Venditti finish fourth with 247.87. Rincon also finished third on the 1-meter board with 2676.97.

Next up for Tennessee is Senior Day Feb. 5 against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 11 a.m.



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