Tennessee Swimming and Diving Kicks Off Season with Orange and White Meet

Oct. 18, 2002


The University of Tennessee men's swimming and diving team kicked off its season Friday with the 25th annual Orange and White meet. The Orange team took the victory 133.5-105.5, narrowing the head-to-head margin 14-11 in favor of the White team.

"I am happy with some of the swims today," head coach John Trembley said. "We had a great off-season workout and today it showed, they worked hard."

Freshman Jason Thomas had the swim of the meet, while senior Mike Burton lead the team with two wins and was named swimmer of the meet.

"It is exciting being a part of something bigger than I am used to," Thomas said. "This is a great squad of guys and it is not just individuals out there, we are team oriented."

Burton, a transfer from BYU, won both the 50 free and 100 free. "It feels good to be named swimmer of the meet," Burton said. "It helps me get motivated. Winning is what we aim for and winning is living."

On the diving boards, sophomore Phillip Jones proved to be dominant as he captured both the one-meter and three-meter events.

"I was pleased with the performance from all of the guys," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "They exceeded my expectation with the level of their diving."

The Vols hit the water again Friday, Oct. 25, in the Student Aquatic Center against SEC rival Kentucky.





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