Oct. 28, 2005

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The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team moved to 3-0, 2-0 in the SEC after a 125.50-108.50 win over South Carolina Friday afternoon at the Student Aquatic Center.

"We had some nice performances today," UT head coach John Trembley said. "There are some signs of life peaking through from some of our younger swimmers with which we are very pleased."

Senior Tyler Gustafson led the way for the Aqua Vols with two individual wins. Gustafson won the 50 free in 20.87. Junior Andrew Engle finished second in 21.63 and sophomore Andrew Van Meter tied for third in 21.68 with Reid Duff of South Carolina.

Gustafson also won the 100 free in 45.11. Fellow senior Bryan Goldberg finished third in 47.47.

"I was pretty happy with my performances today with the amount of training we are doing," Gustafson said. "We are excited for next week against Alabama. It will be our biggest test so far and we are hungry and well prepared for it."

Freshman Barry Murphy won the 100-yard I.M. in 52.44 over teammate Casey Dauw. Dauw finished second in 53.94.

"Barry Murphy's individual medley was a very nice swim as well as Tyler Gustafson's two wins in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events," Trembley added.

Sophomore All-America Octavio Alesi won the 150-yard butterfly in 1:18.91, almost six seconds faster than second place.

Vol sophomore Michael Wolfe followed Alesi's huge win with one of his own. Wolfe won the 150-yard backstroke in 1:18.55 with second place nearly six seconds behind.



"Michael Wolfe in the backstroke was very strong for us as well as Octavio Alesi in the butterfly," Trembley said.

Burkley Showe swept the diving events for the second week in a row with wins on both the 1 and 3-meter boards. Showe won the 1-meter springboard with 304.49 points and the 3-meter with 376.27 points.

"This was a rather solid performance today but we weren't quite as sharp as we could be," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Burkley (Showe) hit key dives in the contest when he needed too. John Venditti had some very positive dives but he could have scored a little better. He (Venditti) along with Ryan Rincon made some nice changes that we had been working on.

The Vols return to action Nov. 4 with an 5 p.m. match-up on the road against the Alabama Crimson Tide.



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