March 24, 2005
Sophomore Jevon Tarantino led the No. 17-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team Thursday with a sixth-place finish on the 1-meter board at the 2005 NCAA championships in Minneapolis, Minn.
Tennessee is currently tied for 16th-place with 19 points. Auburn leads the competition with 172 points.
Tarantino finished sixth with 332.20 points. He was in eighth heading into the finals with 313.55. Joona Puhakka of Arizona State won the event with 421.05. Tarantino was the defending champion on the 1-meter board. Puhakka finished runner-up to Tarantino a year ago.
"Jevon was a little off his game tonight, but he fought real hard all day long," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Jevon's 1-meter hasn't been great since his appendectomy earlier in the season, and he was just a touch off tonight. He fought and scrapped hard though."
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Alesi, Gustafson, Goldberg and Boswell was disqualified for misfiring on the start during the consolation final.
The preliminary session each day begins at 1 p.m. while the finals sessions start at 8 p.m. The competition runs through Saturday. The NCAA championships will be broadcast on ESPN2 on April 1 at 1:30 p.m.
The No. 17-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team has two relay teams set to score in the finals tonight at 8 p.m. at the 2005 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis.
"Thursday was a fantastic morning for a small team of Tennessee Volunteers," UT head coach John Trembley said. "This team has really suffered through adversity, including but not limited to losing four team members who should be here today with us. If you put those four guys who are injured or taking a hiatus with us, then we are pushing for a top-six or -seven team place at this meet."
Sophomore Jevon Tarantino, the only Vol representative on the boards, heads into the finals this evening in eighth-place with 313.55 points.
Leading the way in the swimming lanes is the 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Octavio Alesi, junior Tyler Gustafson, junior Bryan Goldberg and sophomore Brad Boswell. The foursome finished in 12th-place Thursday morning in 1:19.61. The time is the best this season for the Vols.
"These guys are smiling and truly enjoying being here," Trembley added. "While we have much to do over the next two and a half days, our guys are hungry for next season already."
The 400-yard medley relay team of the same foursome finished in 15th in a time of 3:16.49, and are in position to score going into tonight's final.
The preliminary session each day begins at noon while the finals sessions start at 8 p.m.