Nov. 22, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --Led by strong performances in sprints and relays, Tennessee swimmers ended the first day of competition at the Nike Cup Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., in first place. The Vols tallied 209 points followed by North Carolina (201) and Virginia Tech (176).
"It was a spectacular day for Tennessee swimming ," head coach John Trembley said. "To be in this enviornment with so many shaved swimmers and to be leading is exciting."
In continuation of the strong 200 freestyle relay tradition, the Vol sprinters led the charge for Tennessee and scored the first points of the night with a third place finish. The "A" squad of Cameron McDaniel, Michael Burton, Greg Simpson and Renato Gueraldi posted a time of 1:22.18. Tennessee's "D" relay squad also scored, finishing tenth in a time of 1:24.60.
The ninth-ranked Vols continued to pour it on as the distance swimmers swam in top form, scoring three places. Casey Dauw touched the wall first in the 500 free with a personal best time of 4:22.43. Jason Thomas finished third (4:27.91) while Evan Nylander placed 15th (4:33.41).
In the 200 I.M., Andrew Bree took top honors with a time of 1:49.94. Evan Fischer swam a lifetime best 1:52.22, good enough for seventh place. Thomas Clavier also scored for the Vols finishing in 15th place with a time of 1:3.92.
In the fastest race of the night, Gueraldi set the Nike Cup record in the 50 freestyle with a lifetime best 19.57. The previous mark was 20.05, held by former Vol Adam Engle. Gueraldi's time was also the second fastest unshaven time ever, behind gold medalist Anthony Ervin. Finishing second was Burton in a time of 20.24.
To close out the first night of competition, Tennessee scored on four medley relays. The "A" squad of Simpson, Bree, Fulton and Gueraldi swam the fastest in a time of 3:17.66, giving them second place.
"I would like to see more lifetime bests tomorrow," Trembley said. "I would also like to see more of our guys qualify for NCAAs."
The Nike Cup Championships continue at the Maurice J. Kourny Natatorium in Chapel Hill, N.C. through Saturday.
|Nike Cup - Team Standings|
|Following Day 1|
|2. North Carolina||201|
|3. Virginia Tech||176|
|6. N.C. State||76|
|9. East Carolina||43|