Nov. 19, 2004
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- The 10th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming team earned three more qualifying spots for the NCAA Championships in March at the Nike Cup Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday.
The Vols were led again by junior Casey Dauw, who won the 400-yard individual medley event in 3:47.17. Dauw bested the field with his second NCAA qualifying time in two days. He won Thursday's 200 I.M. in 1:47.07.
Junior Tyler Gustafson also qualified for NCAAs with his performance in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing second in 1:38.79. Also in the the 200 free, Jason Thomas finished seventh in 1:40.19 while Bryan Goldberg placed 15th in 1:40.65. Josh Scott of Syracuse won in 1:38.77.
The 800-yard free relay team of Dauw, Jason Thomas, Gustafson and Goldberg brought home another NCAA qualifying standard and win in 6:35.36.
While the swimming team was in Chapel Hill, the divers began their competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. Sophomore Jevon Tarantino led the way with a third-place effort on the 1-meter board with 339.55 points. Senior Phillip Jones finished fifth with 328.90. Other Vol notables were freshman Ryan Rincon in 12th with 264.55 and junior John Venditti in 16th with 226.25. Chris Colwill of Georgia won the competition with 385.90.
"The divers had a solid performance today with nothing really spectacular," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Our purpose is to be here to get familiar with the facility. I am pleased with where we are after today."
Nike Cup Invitational competition concludes Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals following at 6 p.m. The Vol divers continue Saturday with finals beginning approximately at 5:30 p.m.