Feb. 19, 2005
The 17th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming team finished in sixth-place with 303 points Saturday after the final round at the SEC championships in Gainesville, Fla., at the University of Florida's Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Auburn took home the team championship with 829.5 points.
"It is safe to say we are not pleased with finishing sixth at the conference championships," UT head coach John Trembley said. "We are not use to that (sixth-place), we will not get use to that and we will not accept it."
Freshman Michael Wolfe led the Vols on the final day of competition with a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke in a career and team-best 1:45.88. Sophomore Chris Franklin finished 10th in 1:46.16, also a career-best. Sophomore Brad Boswell added a 14th-place finish in the 200 back in 1:47.76. Boswell's preliminary time of 1:47.21 was a season-best for him.
Junior Tyler Gustafson led Tennessee in the 100-yard freestyle with a 12th-place finish in a season-best 44.33. Freshman Octavio Alesi, continued to shine at his first conference championship, finishing 15th in 44.63. Junior Bryan Goldberg followed in 16th in 45.09. Goldberg's prelim time of 44.79 was a season-best.
The 400-yard free relay squad of Alesi, Gustafson, Goldberg and Boswell finished fourth in a season-best 2:55.73. Alesi posted a career-best and team season-best time from his leadoff spot of 44.01 in the 100-yard freestyle.
"Very nice 400 free relay from a good group," Trembley added. "Their performance added some excitement to our team. Octavio had a nice leadoff time."
Kiel Huston finished 12th as the only Vol competing in the 200-yard breaststroke with a season-best 2:01.80.
Sophomore Travis Wright finished the 200-yard butterfly in 12th in 1:47.88, which is one second faster than his previous career-best.
Andrew Engle earned a career-best 47.74 in the 100-yard butterfly time trial.
The diving team will be competing next for the Vols at the NCAA Zone B Diving Qualifier in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center March 11-13.