Oct. 20, 2006
The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team opened its season Friday with a 130-98 win over Louisville at the UT Student Aquatic Center.
"Louisville is a very fine team and very well-coached," UT head coach John Trembley said. "They're on the rise and they have a new facility. It's nice to have quality opponents such as Louisville."
To kick off the men's swimming events, the Volunteers placed first and third in the 400 medley relay. In the 1000 Free Louisville's Charlton Lawson won the race in 9:50.71 followed by Tennessee's Greg Houchin who finished with a time of 9:51.18.
"Scott Wherry stepped up and raced very hard, " Trembley said. "He's been training very hard, and it's good to see that pay off."
A strong 50 free saw Alesi Octavio, Andrew Engle, Chris Wary and Travis Wright finished first (20.39), second (21.13), third (21.93) and fourth (22.01). The 200 I.M. the proceeded as Michael Wolfe, Nolan Morrell and Andrew Thirlwell placed first (1:52.61), second (1:54.37) and third (1:55.78).
After the diving break, Houchin won the 200 fly with a time of 1:54.02, and Alesi followed with a victory in the 100 free, finishing in 45.74. Wolfe and Morrell ended the 200 back in first (1:49.61) and second (1:53.62) place.
Impressive Freshman performance by Michael Muscari gave him a victory in 3 meter diving with 315.08 points.
"I pulled Michael Muscari over after the 1-meter diving break and said a few things to him," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He really took it to heart and got up there although he's had a painful wrist and really surprised some people."
Junior Ryan Rincon also scored 288.07 points in the 1-meter to contribute to the diving effort.
Next up for the Vols is a double-dual meet Oct. 27 against Kentucky and South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. at the Carolina Natatorium. Tennessee travels north the following day to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack Oct. 28 in Raleigh, N.C.