Tarantino Places Fourth on Three-Meter

March 25, 2005

Sophomore Jevon Tarantino led the No. 17 Tennessee men's swimming and diving team for the second day in a row Friday with a fourth-place finish on the 3-meter springboard at the 2005 NCAA championships in Minneapolis, Minn.

Tennessee is currently in 17th place with 46 points. Auburn leads the competition with 338 points.

Tarantino placed fourth with 609.60 points. He was sixth coming out of the semifinal round with 182.10 points. Tarantino injured his ankle on the final dive of the preliminary round but was able to battle through to climb to fourth in the finals.

"Jevon really dove well, and I was very proud of his performance," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He did a phenomenal job tonight (Friday)."

"I really had to dig myself out of the hole I got in after the preliminary and semfinal rounds after hurting my ankle," Tarantino said. "I am happy with my performance because during the finals I dove the best dives out of the rest of the guys here. I was just too deep in a hole after my injury."

The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Brad Boswell, Bryan Goldberg, Tyler Gustafson and Jason Thomas finished 11th in 6:28.50.

"The 800 free relay team put up a great fight for the Volunteers today while putting up points," UT head coach John Trembley said. "Tarantino kept battling after finishing sixth in the semifinals and fighting to fourth in the finals."

Freshman Octavio Alesi finished 21st in the 100-yard butterfly in 47.62.

Boswell finished 21st in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:36.78.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Boswell, Goldberg, Alesi and Gustafson finished 19th in 1:29.45.



The preliminary session for the final day begins at 1 p.m. while the finals sessions start at 8 p.m. Saturday. The NCAA championships will be broadcast on ESPN2 on April 1 at 1:30 p.m.


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