Oct. 29, 2004
KNOXVILLE -- The No. 10 UT men's swimming and diving team defeated Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky, 123-120, Friday evening at the UT Student Aquatic Center in an event that was exciting down to the very end.
"As predicted, this classic SEC showdown unfolded closely," UT head coach John Trembley said. "Our guys had been made aware that Kentucky was off to a fast start and that this Kentucky team is the strongest they have ever assembled.
With the Vols trailing Kentucky 116-110 with one event to go, it was up to the 400-yard freestyle relay team to regain the lead. Bryan Goldberg, Brad Duryea, Casey Dauw and Tyler Gustafson pulled through in the clutch to win the event in 2:59.66. The team of Adam Farnham, Brad Boswell, Chris Wary and Jason Thomas finished third in 3:05.93.
"Everybody ahead of me did a great job," sophomore Tyler Gustafson, who swam the anchor on the relay, said. "I just made sure I got my hand on the wall first."
Vol diving duo Phillip Jones and Jevon Tarantino picked up where they left off last season by taking the top-two spots on both the one and three-meter springboards. Jones took first in 321.97 on the one-meter and added another victory on the three-meter with 368.77 points. Tarantino took second in both events with 304.95 and 367.12 points, respectively. Junior John Venditti finished sixth on the one-meter and freshman Ryan Rincon finished fourth on the three-meter.
"No question that our guys can perform their dives on a higher standard," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "I was extremely happy with the competitiveness our guys showed tonight. I was pleased with John Venditti back on the boards coming off wrist surgery and Ryan's (Rincon) progress."
Gustafon won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.33 narrowly edging Goldberg who finished second in 1:38.50. Wary finished fifth in 1:43.62.
Gustafson couldn't pull away from Goldberg in the 100-yard freestyle with the pair tying for second in 45.36. Daniel Farnham of Kentucky finished first in 44.88. Daniel is also the brother of Vol freshman Adam Farnham.
Boswell led the way for the Vols in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second in 4:31.77. Dauw and Thomas followed in third (4:32.21) and fourth (3:36.51).
Huston finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:04.46. Sophomore Chris Franklin finished fifth in 2:16.06. Kristian Outinen of Kentucky finished first (2:02.42).
The Vols took the 2-3-4 spots in the 1000-yard freestyle. Thomas took second (7:34.86) with Boswell in third (7:37.23) and Chris Franklin in third (7:44.01). Steven Manley won the event for the Wildcats in 9:19.23.
Next up for the Vols is the Nike Cup Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Nov. 18-20.