Feb. 1, 2003
GAINESVILLE - Tennessee's swimming and diving team fell to No. 6 Florida 122-121 Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. The loss snapped an eight-meet winning streak against the Gators that dated back to January of 1993 and marks the first back-to-back loss under head coach John Trembley.
"It was a great battle," head coach John Trembley said. "We swam tough and fought hard all the way through. It was a great day, we just needed to find a little extra."
The Vols battled all day long and found themselves needing to win the day's final event, the 400 freestyle relay. The quintet of Josh Fulton, Raymond Rosal, Tyler Gustafson and Greg Simpson came up just short in a time of 3:03.54. The Gators touched the wall in 3:01.00, securing the dual-meet victory.
Keeping the Vols close was diver Phillip Jones. Jones won both the one and three-meter springboard events. Other winners for the Vols included Renato Gueraldi (50 free) and George du Rand (1000 free).
"Our guys are a little emotional after this tough one-point loss," Trembley said. "This team will be ready and racing hard for the SEC Championships."
Tennessee now prepares for the Southeastern Conference Championships Feb. 19-22, in Auburn, Ala.