Feb. 16, 2006
The No. 12 Tennessee men's swimming and diving squad remains in fourth place with 248 points after the second day of competition at the SEC championships at the UT Student Aquatic Center.
Auburn continues to lead the competition with 421 points followed by Florida in second with 351 and third-place Georgia with 316.
The 200 free relay anchored by Octavio Alesi led the Vols on Thursday with a second-place finish in 1:19.11. Freshman Jeff Sudbury led with Barry Murphy, Tyler Gustafson and Alesi following. Auburn won the event in 1:18.50.
"The relay time was great considering our flat starts to the races but we rebounded nicely to finish second in the relay," head coach John Trembley said.
Senior Casey Dauw set a season-best time of 1:45.57 while finishing fifth in the 200 I.M. to lead the Vols on day two. Florida's Ryan Lochte broke the pool record with his winning time of 1:43.31. UT junior Brad Boswell finished eighth in 1:47.00 with freshman Andrew Thirlwell following in 11th in 1:48.44, which was also a personal best time.
"Brad Boswell swam lights out and is swimming very hot," Trembley said. "It was very nice to see Casey put up a top time following his struggles with his shoulder last year. He had to take a good seven months off to rehab and has bounced back nicely."
Freshman Nolan Morrell finished 11th in 4:24.81 in the 500 freestyle in his SEC championship debut. Fellow freshman Peter Baer finished 14th with a personal best of 4.27.75. Georgia's Sebastien Rouault broke his own SEC record with his first-place finish in 4:12.90.
"Peter Baer swam a very well disciplined race tonight," Trembley said. "Nolan Morrell swam a lifetime best but knows he should have turned it on a little sooner to finish. That bodes well for his race tomorrow. Nolan and Peter both got a great deal of confidence today while scoring at their first SECs."
In exhibition, freshman Jimmy Dabney swam a lifetime best in the 500 free in 4:37.42. The time was six seconds better than his previous best time.
Sudbury also looked strong in his SEC debut with an 11th-place finish in the 50 free in 20.30. Sudbury set a personal best of 20.19 during the preliminary round. Gustafson finished 14th followed by Alesi in 15th and Murphy in 17th. Auburn took the top-3 spots in the 50 free led by Cesar Cielo in 19.49.
John Venditti led the Vol diving contingent on the 3-meter board with a 13th-place score of 255.85 points. Sophomore Ryan Rincon place 14th with 248.85. "Today gave us a little momentum going into tomorrow, which needs to be a big day for us," Trembley noted. "I am very excited about tomorrow because without many exceptions our kids are swimming great."
Competition continues tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m.