Vols Continue Diving Dominance; Tarantino Wins One-Meter Diving Title

Feb. 26, 2004


ATHENS, Ga.--The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team took the top two spots on the one-meter board thanks to Jevon Tarantino and Phillip Jones Thursday at the SEC championships in Athens, Ga. With Tarantino's one-meter victory, Tennessee completed the SEC sweep on the springboards after Jones took the three-meter crown Wednesday.

The Vols remain fourth after the second day with 201 points and only trail third-place Georgia by seven points. Auburn continues to lead the way with 469.

"This was a very exciting contest," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Both guys had solid performances and really picked it up a notch. I'm very proud of Jevon and how he bounced back after a disappointing three-meter contest yesterday."

Freshman sensation Tarantino took the SEC diving crown on the one-meter board away from runner-up and teammate Jones. Tarantino won the one-meter championship in the finals after placing fifth in the preliminaries. His score of 356.35 edged Jones, who put up 351.85.

"I came back after a terrible three-meter performance from yesterday," Tarantino said. "I've been in a slump for a couple of months and my confidence has been low. I just came out today with a carefree attitude and won."

"I started off slow as usual," Jones said. "Jevon kept putting his dives in the water and it was tough trying to catch him. It was a well-fought fight to say the least."

Two more Vols finished in the top eight in their events in the water. Senior Andrew Bree finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 54.58 seconds, and Andrew Engle finished eighth in the 100-yard butterfly in 48.26. Engle was followed by fellow Vols Jamie Graves and Travis Wright in 12th and 13th, respectively. Behind Bree in the breaststroke, Brent Deputy (48.26) finished 11th and Evan Fischer (56.07) came in 13th.



The 400-yard relay team of Raymond Rosal, Tyler Gustafson, Evan Nylander and Bree finished fifth in 2:57.86. Bree posted the fastest time in 44.17 while swimming the anchor leg.

"This was a great team day," UT head coach John Trembley said. "We had some very impressive performances from our divers some impressive swims from some of the younger guys. We are having fun and looking forward to tomorrow."



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