Oct. 27, 2011
BY AMANDA PRUITT
The Tennessee Volunteers bounced back from a two-point loss to Indiana by defeating Louisville 163-137 on the road at the Ralph Wright Natatorium on Thursday.
Tennessee (2-1) won 10 of the 16 events and benefitted from sweeping the top three places in multiple contests.
The Vols finished one-two-three in the 100-yard butterfly, with sophomore Oystein Hetland earning the victory in 48.86 seconds. In diving, the Vols took the top four places in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, headlined by senior Ryan Helms winning at both heights.
Senior Jake Epperson also turned out another solid performance, winning the 200 breaststroke in 2 minutes, 00.01 seconds, and the 200 individual medley in 1:50.19.
"After dropping a close meet versus Indiana, we saw a lot of positives coming in today against Louisville," Tennessee head coach John Trembley said. "Louisville has a fine team. Talking to their coaches, they believe this is the best team they've ever fielded, and I agree."
"The enthusiasm and fight from Tennessee never waned in the three hours during the meet, and that's enjoyable to see."
The Vols took the lead early with a win in the 200-medley relay. Sophomore Sam Peterson followed that performance by edging out Pedro Oliveira of Louisville by one second in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:19.94.
"It was a truly an honor to see Sam go against an All-American stroke for stroke in the 1000 freestyle," Trembley said. "The race was inspirational and an all-guts performance, and it was an early turning point for us."
Sophomore Renato Prono, who recently returned from competing for Paraguay in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, came from the outside to take first in the 100 breaststroke in 54.28
It was Prono's fastest career time and the best by a Vol this season by almost two seconds.
In diving, the Vols were trying out and working on new high-degree dives but still managed to finish first through fourth in the 1-meter and 3-meter events in this early-season meet. Only the top three counted for points, however.
For the second week in a row, Helms finished first in the two events, scoring a season-best 399.30 in the 3-meter contest.
"I'm really pleased with Ryan Helms' performance today," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He swept both boards for the second week in a row, and he did so while performing a high degree of difficulty dives.
"Taking those risks now in the pressure of these meets will help him be more prepared for championship events later in the season. To do that at the start of the year is very good."
Tennessee at Louisville
200 Medley Relay: 1. Tennessee (Henahan, Epperson, Hetland, Walsh) 1:29.83; 2. Louisville (Andrews, Chastain, Collins, Schlytter) 1:30.20; 3. Tennessee (Hjelm, Prono, Thulin, Storvik) 1:30.62.
1000 Freestyle: 1. Sam Petersen (UT) 9:18.77; 2. Pedro Oliveira (UL) 9:19.94; 3. Charlie Bolgan (UL) 9:26.62; 4. Riley Martin (UL) 9:26.73; 5. Carl Jones (UT) 9:27.54; 6. Tristian Slater (UT) 9:47.54.
100 Breaststroke: 1. Renato Prono (UT) 54.28; 2. Carlos Almeida (UL) 54.36; 3. Kameron Chastain (UL) 55.60; 4. Jake Epperson (UT) 56.12; 5. Michael Haefner (UL) 56.62; 6. Kenny Crapse (UL) 57.25; 7. Derek Paul (UT) 59.07.
100 Freestyle: 1. Joao De Lucca (UL) 45.23; 2. Ryan Harrison (UT) 45.48; 3. Renato Prono (UT) 46.00; 4. Albert Lloyd (UL) 46.02; 5. Samuel Hoekstra (UL) 46.20; 6. Ricky Henahan (UT) 46.34; 7. Ed Walsh (UT) 46.35.
200 Backstroke: 1. Pedro Oliveira (UL) 1:47.02; 2. Juan Lopez (UL) 1:50.30; 3. Anders Storvik (UT) 1:50.80; 4. Samuel Rairden (UT) 1:52.17; 5. Christoffer Wallin (UT) 1:53.37; 6. Mans Hjelm (UT) 1:53.46.
200 Breaststroke: 1. Jake Epperson (UT) 2:00.01; 2. Carlos Almeida (UL) 2:00.35; 3. Kennny Crapse (UL) 2:05.44; 4. Kameron Chastain (UL) 2:05.63; 5. Addison Bray (UL) 2:07.50; 6. Tristian Slater (UT) 2:09.64; 7. Derek Paul (UT) 2:14.14.
100 Butterfly: 1. Oystein Hetland (UT) 48.86; 2. Jacob Thulin (UT) 50.33; 3. Samuel Rairden (UT) 50.40; 4. Tim Collins (UL) 50.52; 5. Juan Lopez (UL) 51.24; 6. Aaron Young (UL) 52.18; 7. Ryan McFall (UT) 52.56.
400 Free Relay: 1. Louisville (Andres, De Lucca, Hoekstra, Lloyd) 3:00.43; 2. Tennessee (Hetland, Prono, Storvik, Hjelm) 3:03.36; 3. Louisville (Blondell, Pryor, Oliveira, Almeida) 3:06.46; 4. Louisville (Schlytter, Chastain, Crapse, Burtch) 3:09.19; 5. Tennessee (Taylor, Scheffer, Johnson, McFall); 6. Tennessee (Paul, Petersen, Jones, Slater) 3:17.81.