Jan. 31, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The 14th-ranked Tennessee swimming and diving team was defeated by fifth-rated Florida Saturday afternoon 129-109.
"Florida swam great today," head coach John Trembley said. "They are clearly a top-five team. Raymond (Rosal) showed a lot of spirit today. Casey (Dauw) swam a very nice 500 freestyle for the win and captain Andrew Bree finished a great home career with a win in his specialty."
Rosal ended the last home meet of his career on a high note by out-touching Gabriel Mangabeira in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.87 seconds.
"It was a good swim for the last home meet," Rosal said. "It was a tough meet against a good team, but we did have a couple of strong races."
Bree won his final swim in his home pool by winning the 200 yard-breaststroke in a time of 2:02.33. Bree also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:52.43).
"I enjoyed the meet today," Bree said. "It was good to see the stands full of people and we'll continue to look towards the NCAA championships. The competition was tough today, but hopefully we'll give them a run at the end of the season."
Graves finished second in the 200-yard butterfly behind NCAA champion Adam Sioui of Florida.
Dauw turned in the winning time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:31.32), edging Scott Kaufmann of Florida.
Junior Phillip Jones and freshman Jevon Tarantino took the top two spots on the three-meter board. Jones won the event with 388.65 points and topped Tarantino's score of 352.79. The pair also finished two-three in the one-meter event, with Jones taking second behind Florida's Zach Wilcox.
"I was pleased with Phillip's consistency today even though he was beat (in the one-meter) by the defending NCAA champion," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Phil is diving tired as the result of a hectic academic schedule and we are seeing some of the early effects from that. Jevon had a good three-meter and Venditti is showing some good signs of improvement."
Next up for the Vols is a trip to North Carolina State on Feb. 8.