Vols Dominate North Carolina State on Senior Day

Feb. 6, 2005

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The 17th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team finished its dual-meet season on a strong note Sunday by dominating the North Carolina State Wolfpack 116-97 on Senior Day at the UT Student Aquatic Center.

"This was a good win for us with some impressive performances," UT head coach John Trembley said. "It was nice to send our seniors out with a victory. Our young swimmers -- Andrew Engle, Octavio Alesi, Travis Wright, Adam Farnham and Michael Wolfe all came to play today."

The Vols went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle with junior Tyler Gustafson leading the way. Gustafson (1:39.17) finished first followed by junior Jason Thomas (1:41.39) in second and sophomore Brad Boswell (1:42.37) in third.

Continuing their dominant performance, the Volunteers swept the top-3 spots in an event for the second time in the meet. Junior Bryan Goldberg (46.92) finished first, touching the wall before teammates Gustafson (46.99) and Brad Duryea (47.67).

Tennessee took the top-2 spots in the 100-yard butterfly with Alesi (49.90) coming from behind to push Engle (49.94) to second-place.

In the diving well, sophomore Jevon Tarantino took wins on both the one and three-meter springboards with teammate John Venditti taking second in each event. Tarantino finished first on the one-meter in 347.70 with Venditti following in 274.05. Tarantino took the 3-meter win in 356.47 followed by Venditti in 277.49.

"I was pleased with our effort in going 1-2 on both boards," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "I was particularly pleased with Jevon's corrections on some dives and things we had been working on which is very important going into conference. John Venditti had some very promising dives giving him confidence going into next week."

Junior Casey Dauw finished first in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.99 while edging fellow Wolfe. Wolfe finished second in 1:53.63.

Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:37.72. Peter Pessagno finished second in 4:40.12 for North Carolina State.

Alesi finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.89. Alesi was narrowly edged by Cullen Jones of North Carolina State who finished first in 20.73.

Wolfe finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in 50.68. Kevin Velleca finished second in 50.56 for the Wolfpack.

Next up for the Vols are the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. The divers head to Gainesville, Fla., for the SEC diving championships Feb. 11-13 while the swimmers compete Feb. 16-19.





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