Feb. 15, 2006
The 12th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team broke a 16-year-old school record in the 800 free relay Wednesday at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at the UT Student Aquatic Center.
The Vols sit in fourth after the first day with 114 points. Georgia leads with 138, followed by Florida with 124 and Auburn with 123.
The 800 freestyle relay team of Bryan Goldberg, Michael Wolfe, Tyler Gustafson and Casey Dauw finished second in 6:23.02. Florida won the event in 6:21.91. Dauw swam a strong anchor leg in bringing the Vols from third to second in the final 50 yards.
"The 800 free relay was a great overall team relay," UT head coach John Trembley said.
Brad Boswell led off the 200 medley relay, which finished second with a strong effort in the backstroke. Following Boswell were Murphy in the breast, Andrew Engle in the butterfly with Octavio Alesi anchoring in the freestyle. The 1:26.34 effort in the 200 medley relay was only one-hundredth of a second behind the winner Auburn.
"We had a good 200 medley relay this year and felt we could be completive in that race," Trembley said. "We are very pleased with the A-cut time for NCAAs while being way ahead of where we were a year ago.
"Barry Murphy swam a great breast leg with the third best split in Tennessee
history," Trembley added about the Irish freshman.
Murphy is behind two Vol legends in the breaststroke. Jeremy Linn still holds the SEC record in the 100 breast with Jeremy McDonnell not far behind in the record books.
Sophomore Ryan Rincon finished seventh on the 3-meter board with 297.85 points. Chris Colwill of Georgia won the event with 419.80.
Competition continues tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m. Men's 1-meter finals begin at 5 p.m