Tennessee Completes First Day of 2003 SEC Championships

Feb. 19, 2003


The Tennessee men's swimming diving squad completed the first day of the 2003 SEC Championships in Auburn, Ala. The Vols stand in third place with 87 points behind second-place Auburn (95) and first-place Florida (96).

"We expected to do a little better," head coach John Trembley said. "We fell short in both the diving and the 200 medley relay."

Sophomore Phillip Jones and junior Jake Dorsey were the Vol divers competing in the day's one-meter final. Jones finished third with 339.60 points, while Dorsey finished eighth with 297.05 points.

"It was nice to have two divers in the finals," Trembley said. "It was especially nice to see senior captain Jake Dorsey in his first ever one-meter final. He has put in a lot of hard work and it was rewarding to see him in the finals."

In the 200 medley relay, the quartet of Greg Simpson, Michael Burton, Josh Fulton and Renato Gueraldi swam a season best time of 1:28.10, placing sixth. Auburn won the relay with a time of 1:26.52, just edging out the Gators who touched the wall in 1:26.53.

The 800 free relay squad of Casey Dauw, Tyler Gustafson, Jason Thomas and Evan Nylander finished fourth with a time of 6:30.17, behind Georgia, Auburn and Florida. Dauw's lead-off time of 1:37.28 set a new personal-best and may qualify for the 200 free at the NCAA Championships.

Tomorrow the Vols compete in the 50 freestyle, the 500 freestyle, the 200. I.M. and the 200 freestyle relay. The preliminaries start at 10:30 a.m., while the finals begin at 6:30 p.m. All times are central standard.





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