March 28, 2009
When the season began, UT head swimming coach John Trembley and his Volunteer squad focused on improving upon 2008's ninth-place NCAA finish. The Big Orange did just that holding eighth place Saturday as the championships came to a close. SEC champion Auburn claimed the NCAA title in a final day comeback over top-ranked Texas.
The first event was the mile swim. Southeastern Conference champion Troyden Prinsloo of Georgia won (14:30.91) the 1650 freestyle to start off the final evening of the competition. UT sophomore Geoff Sanders placed 19th (15:00.84).
In the 200 backstroke, Tyler Clary of Michigan set an NCAA record, winning (1:37.58) the title. UT senior Nolan Morrell placed 30th (1:44.60) and sophomore Michael Christy finished 32nd (1:45.31). Neither qualified for the final rounds.
California's Nathan Adrian set an American record in the 100 freestyle with his 41.08 NCAA title mark. Vol Olympian Jonas Persson placed tenth (42.45) and grabbed seven points for the Big Orange. UT All-America Barry Murphy placed 30th (43.31) and sophomore Mike DeRocco placed 40th (44.02) in the preliminaries.
Setting a U.S. Open record, SEC champ Neil Versfeld of Georgia won (1:51.40) the 200 breaststroke. Mr. Clutch Brad Craig just missed the B-final placing 18th (1:55.94).
As they did in the SEC championships, Georgia's Mark Dylla and Shaune Fraser of Florida battled for the 200 butterfly crown. Dylla captured the SEC title but fell just short of Fraser's NCAA-record national title time of 1:40.75. The Vols had no entries in the 200 butterfly.
Purdue's David Boudia, having won the three-meter title Friday, won the platform title Saturday with an NCAA meet record 530.45 points. UT's freshmen divers Ryan Helms and Brent Sterling placed 22nd (296.70) and 25th (264.45) respectively in the platform event.
Auburn captured the 400 freestyle relay title with a 2:46.67 mark. The UT relay squad of Morrell, Persson, DeRocco and Murphy won (2:50.98) the B-final netting 18 points for the Big Orange.
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