March 25, 2006
The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team leave the NCAA championships with all 11 qualifiers earning All-America honors.
The meet concluded Saturday with the Vols finishing 15th with 66 points. Auburn won the meet with 480.5 points. Arizona finished second with 440.5 followed by Stanford (362.5), Texas (307) and Florida (268.5) rounding out the top five.
"We are pleased with our sweet 16 finish after putting so much into our home SEC Championships meet last month to get all 11 guys into NCAAs," UT head coach John Trembley said. "Our team place of 15th shows improvement over last year."
"The young guys helped the seniors go out in style," Trembley said. "We will miss a great group of seniors. All four senior swimmers were at this championship meet, and have led these underclassmen well. The young guys are hungry, especially the freshmen, having seen some of the great swims of the national championships."
The 400 free relay was the only event to score points for the Vols on the final day. The quartet led by Brad Boswell finished 12th in 2:57.70. Freshman Barry Murphy, sophomore Michael Wolfe and senior Tyler Gustafson followed Boswell. Octavio Alesi led the relay in the prelims along with senior Bryan Goldberg, Murphy and Gustafson. The relay was 11th after the preliminary round in 2:56.47.
Sophomore Michael Wolfe narrowly missed making the consolation final in the 200 butterfly. Wolfe finished in 17th, one spot shy of the finals, in 1:46.96.
"These young returning freshmen and sophomores will get to compete in the new Allan Jones Aquatic Center," Trembley said. "We are excited to have future events like this NCAA meet on our home campus. We very much appreciate the support we have gotten, especially from Senior Associate Athletic Director Gary Wyant.
"We have one of the largest cheering sections at the meet from the families and the alums," Trembley added. "This was an exciting championship and our team members will leave here with great memories. On spring break weekend we would rather be nowhere but here."