March 27, 2004
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Tennessee's men's swimming and diving team finished eighth with 140 points Saturday at the NCAA championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Long Island, N.Y. Auburn won the team title with 634 points.
"Being back in the top 10 is great," UT head coach John Trembley said. "Seeing this team six months ago and thinking they would have been a top-10 contender at NCAAs would have been inconceivable. This team trained incredibly hard, and they fought through unbelievable adversity to represent the University of Tennessee as well as any team with which I've been associated."
Senior Andrew Bree finished 12th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:10.95. Sophomore Michael Russo finished 32nd in 2:16.94. Bree finished 11th in the preliminaries in 2:10.50 and broke the school short-course meter record in the event. The record was previously held by Jeremy McDonnell, who was an All-America performer for the Vols from 1999-2002.
The 400-meter freestyle relay team of Bryan Goldberg, Raymond Rosal, Casey Dauw and Tyler Gustafson finished 12th in 3:17.12. The foursome finished 11th during the preliminaries in 3:16.58. Their time broke the school short-course meter record, the second such record to be broken during the preliminary round. The foursome that had previously held the record boasts a total of 33 All-America honors between them.
"Having five school records tied or broken at this meet by sophomores Casey Dauw and Bryan Goldberg, seniors Andrew Bree and Raymond Rosal and our 800-meter freestyle relay team is outstanding," Trembley said. "To go along with the records, we have a new NCAA (one-meter) diving champion in Jevon Tarantino to join teammate Phillip Jones (who was a 2003 NCAA champion and the 2004 runner-up on the three-meter board)."
Senior Jamie Graves, the lone butterfly qualifier for the Vols, finished 25th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:59.09. Graves was fourth in his heat during the preliminaries.
Brad Boswell, the only freshman to compete for the Vols on Saturday, finished 26th in the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:27.26.
"The coaches are extremely proud of this group," Trembley said. "This team overachieved and kept believing. Today is a great day in the history of the Tennessee swimming and diving program."
The 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be televised by ESPN2 on tape delay. The air date is currently scheduled for March 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET.