March 28, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas --Sophomore Phillip Jones led the way for the Volunteers by capturing his first NCAA crown on the second night of competition at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. Tennessee added 42 points to its total and currently stands in 13th-place with 63 points.
"We are ecstatic about Phil's performance tonight," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He did not miss a dive for less than 70 points all night. We have prepared for situations like this and I guess the preparation paid off."
After the morning prelims, Jones came into the night's final in seventh-place. The 3-meter specialist fought his way to the top and claimed his first NCAA championship with a lifetime-best score of 649.70. This performance also earned Jones his second All-America honor of the competition and his fourth overall.
Other Vols in action were Bryan Goldberg, Andrew Bree and Paulo Machado. Goldberg touched the wall in a personal-best time of 1:36.60 in the 200 freestyle, good enough for 18th-place. Bree placed 24th in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 55.00. Machado swam a 49.31 in the 100 backstroke to place 32nd.
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.