Feb. 18, 2009
Three events into the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, Tennessee is in second place eight points behind host Auburn. Day one events include the one-meter springboard, 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.
The preliminary round of the one-meter diving competition went the Vols' way after junior-college transfer Michael Wright led the field and freshman-sensation Ryan Helms placed second. The final somewhat resembled the finals of UT's Tennessee Diving Invitational held in January. Alabama's Aaron Fleshner won the event with Auburn's Daniel Mazzaferro and Kelly Marx finishing second and third. Helms placed fourth (371.50) while Wright finished seventh (353.30). Junior diver Michael Muscari rounded out the championship field earning an eighth-place (334.95) finish for the Vols. Knoxville-native Brent Sterling placed eleventh in the preliminary round but did not qualify for the championship competition.
Heading into the 200 medley relay, UT held the conference's best time, but came up less than a second short to Auburn's relay team. Freshman Ricky Henahan, All-Americas Barry Murphy, Michael DeRocco and Jonas Persson gave Tennessee a second place finish and broke a school record with a mark of 1:24.62.
Like the 200 medley relay, Tennessee owned the SEC's best 800 freestyle relay time going into the championship. Senior Nolan Morrell, Persson, freshman Anders Storvik and sophomore Chris Winchell earned third place for UT with a time of 6:23.32.
After day one Auburn leads the field with 118 points, Tennessee is second with 110 and Florida is third with 87.
Results are posted live on auburntigers.cstv.com.