Aqua Vols Finish First Day of NCAA Championships

March 27, 2003

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AUSTIN, Texas --The No. 12 Tennessee swimming and diving squad ended the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, in 17th-place.

"We had a poor first day," head coach John Trembley said. "We have to get busy tomorrow." Despite Tennessee's rough start, due to a false start in the 200 freestyle relay , the Vols fought on with solid performances by Phillip Jones and Renato Gueraldi.

Gueraldi earned his fifth all-american honor by finishing sixth in a time of 19.67. In the prelims, Gueraldi swam a time of 19.53, the fourth fastest time of the night.

Phillip Jones qualified in fourth-place on the 1-meter springboard but ended up finishing in seventh-place with 336.15 points.

In the 500 freestyle, freshmen Jason Thomas and Casey Dauw led the way for Tennessee. Thomas finished 23rd with a personal-best time of 4:22.64, while Dauw placed 30th in 4:24.44.

Returning to the pool for the first time in nearly two months was junior Andrew Bree. Bree swam the breaststroke leg for the 17th-place 400 medley relay squad that touched that wall in 3:18.89. The Irishman also finished 27th in the 200 I.M. in a time of 1:48.65.

"We shot ourselves in the foot today," Trembley said. "It was the first false start we have had in 15 years. We will have to get better tomorrow."

The NCAA Championships continue tomorrow at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas with prelims starting at noon and finals getting underway at 8 p.m.





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