Feb. 20, 2003
AUBURN, Ala.--The No. 12 men's swimming and diving team completed the second day of competition at the 2003 SEC Championships in Auburn, Ala. Tennessee fell to fourth-place with a total of 170 points. UT trails Georgia (173), Florida (237) and first place Auburn (306.5). "We had a good night," head coach John Trembley said. "Renato (Gueraldi) swam a great race for us tonight and with his time in the prelims, he set a new Tennessee school record."
Junior Renato Gueraldi led the way for the Vol sprinters in the nights most exciting race, the 50 freestyle. Gueraldi set a new school record in the prelims by swimming a time of 19.41, the fastest time swum by anyone this year. The old record was held by Ricky Busquets with a time of 19.45, set back in the 1996 season.
"I was going for the meet record (19.35), but I am really happy to have the school record," Gueraldi said. "I really wanted the SEC record, so I am a little dissapointed, but that's life."
In the 50 freestyle finals, Gueraldi finished runner-up for the second straight year. This year's time of 19.59 was just two-hundredths of a second behind Auburns Fred Bousquets time of 19.57. Senior Mike Burton placed 12th and Junior Raymond Rosal finished 16th.
"I felt good going into the race," Gueraldi said. "I had to take a short stroke coming into the turn and that slowed me down just enough, but I am glad that I was able to get some points for my team."
Sophomore George du Rand added to the Vols scoring effort in the 500 freestyle with an eighth-place finish in a time of 4:25.78. Freshmen Casey Dauw and Bryan Goldberg finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Junior Evan Nylander rounded out the scoring with a 16th-place finish.
"George came out today and swam a great prelim to get into the finals," coach Trembley said. "He is swimming really well right now."
In the 200 I.M., Paulo Machado finished 11th in an NCAA provisional time of 1:49.78, while Jason Baxter placed 15th.
The Vols finished the night with a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The squad of Geuraldi, Burton, Greg Simpson and Rosal swam an NCAA provisional time of 1:19.28.
The swimming and diving championships continue on Friday with the 200 freestyle, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay. The preliminaries start at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the finals beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.