Nov. 20, 2003
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- The Tennessee men's swimming team finished the first day of the Nike Cup Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. in strong fashion, while the Tennessee diving team turned in strong performances in Houston, Texas. The Vols brought home victories in every event Thursday evening, and qualified seven individuals for the NCAA championships.
"The Tennessee swimmers swam better than they have ever performed at any invitational meet including conference and NCAA's," head coach John Trembley said. "This meet was the most impressive team showing I can ever remember."
The Vols started the evening with a win from the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tyler Gustafson, Brad Duryea, Josh Fulton and Raymond Rosal. Rosal anchored the relay in 18.09 seconds, to help the squad qualify for the NCAA championships at 1:19.79.
The Vols had three individuals in the super final of the 50-yard freestyle. Rosal won in 20.14 seconds. Gustafson finished third (20.36) and Fulton finished fourth (20.51).
Fulton, Bree, Jamie Graves and Gustafson finished the evening with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. Fulton led off the event in 48.04 seconds, while Gustafson achored in 43.31.
"The parents in the spectator gallery dominate the cheering, and the swimmers are really inspired," Trembley said. "It's like magic here for the Tennessee team."
Meanwhile, the Tennesse diving team had lifetime-best performances in Houston.
"Jevon turned in his best score as a Vol. It was also John's highest score since he's been with us," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Jevon was able to throw some big dives, and I'm really pleased with how they did tonight."
Swimming and diving competition will resume at both sites Friday morning at 10 a.m.