March 26, 2004
Long Island, N.Y. -- Junior Phillip Jones led the Vols in points on the second day of NCAA championship competition at the Nassau County Aquatic Center Friday by finishing second on the three-meter board. The Vols remain in eighth place with 125 points while Auburn leads the field with 435.
"This was a fantastic day for this underrated volunteer squad," UT head coach John Trembley said. "It is unprecedented to -- in one day at the NCAA Championships -- break three school records."
Jones, the 2003 NCAA titleholder on the three-meter, finished second in the event with 633.50 points. Freshman Jevon Tarantino finished ninth on the three-meter with 542.45 points. Tarantino narrowly missed the finals by only three points when he faulted on his last dive of the preliminaries. Joona Puhakka of Arizona State won the three-meter with a 647.30 score.
The 800-meter freestyle relay team of Brad Boswell, Bryan Goldberg, Casey Dauw and Evan Nylander led the Vols in the pool by finishing sixth in 7:11.52. The group also broke the school short-course meter record of 7:18.30 set in March 2000. Goldberg swam the fastest leg of the race in 1:47.27.
Dauw finished 12th in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:14.56. Dauw narrowly missed the finals by one place and a mere three-hundredths of a second while setting a school short-course meter record in the event in 4.13.60. He broke his own record previously set at the Nike Cup Invitational in January.
"We knew today was our strongest day," Dauw said. "It was important to separate ourselves from ninth and 10th place so we don't have to be praying for miracles tomorrow."
Goldberg finished 16th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.31. Goldberg broke the school short-course meter record in 1:47.31 in the preliminaries while finishing 14th. Along with Goldberg, teammates Brad Boswell (1:48.47) and Tyler Gustafson (1:50.10) finished 28th and 46th, respectively.
Senior Andrew Bree brought home a top-10 finish in the 200-meter breaststroke. Bree finished 10th in 1:00.58.
The 200-meter medley relay team of Josh Fulton, Bree, Jamie Graves and Raymond Rosal finished tied for 15th in 1:39.11 in the consolation finals. The group finished 10th in the preliminaries in 4:13.60.
"If we take care of business tomorrow, there will be an airplane full of happy Tennessee Volunteers landing in Knoxville on Sunday," Trembley said.
The Vols conclude competition Saturday with preliminaries starting at noon, while the finals begin at 7 p.m.