Nov. 22, 2002
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- The ninth-ranked Volunteers finished the second day of swimming at the Nike Cup Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.. Tennessee compiled 486 points, putting them in second place behind North Carolina with 570.
"We came out tonight with really good fire," head coach John Trembley said. "Our relays were great and we had some really fast swims tonight. If we bring our divers here, who are in Minnesota, we dominate this meet."
After pouring their traditional home pool water into the Tar Heel's pool, Tennessee started the finals with inspired performances from the 200 medley relay squads. The "B" squad of Greg Simpson, Michael Burton, Josh Fulton and Renato Gueraldi took the victory setting a Nike Cup record of 1:29.66. The swim was also good enough to earn an NCAA "B" cut qualifying time. Finishing seventh with a time of 1:32.86 was the "A" squad while the "D" squad placed 14th (1:34.55).
Freshman Casey Dauw continued to impress as he came from behind to win the 400 I.M. with a time of 3:50.92, improving his lifetime best by six seconds (3:57.03). His mark also earned him an NCAA "B" cut qualifying time.
"I was really happy with my swims tonight," Dauw said about his 400 I.M. "I am having the meet of my life."
Leading the Vols in the 100 fly was Jamie Graves with a lifetime best 49.63, giving him seventh place. Fulton finished in tenth in a time of 50.30.
Tennessee freestyler's were again a factor in the second night of competition, scoring five places in the 200 freestyle. Jason Thomas touched the wall for fifth place with a lifetime best 1:39.38. Also scoring was Tyler Gustafson, Evan Nylander, Simpson and Gueraldi.
In the 100 breaststroke, the Volunteers scored in six out of 16 places. Leading the way was Andrew Bree, who finished second with a lifetime best of 54.99. Fischer took tenth place with 57.72 and earlier in the day swam a lifetime best of 57.33. Rounding out the scoring for the Vols was Michael Russo, Cameron McDaniel, Brad Duryea and Thomas Clavier. Duryea's time of 57.72 was an unshaven lifetime best.
In the 100 backstroke, Simpson finished sixth in a time of 50.38, while senior Paulo Machado placed seventh with a time of 50.57.
The Volunteers closed the evening with a win by the 800 freestyle relay team. The quartet of Dauw, Gustafson, Thomas and Bree posted a Nike Cup record time of 6:35.32.
"We ended with a great relay ," Trembley said. 'It capped a great night for us."
The final day of the Nike Cup Championships is Saturday at the Maurice J. Koury in Chapel Hill, N.C.
|Nike Cup - Team Standings|
|Following Day 2|
|1. North Carolina||570|
|3. Virginia Tech||477|
|6. N.C. State||223|
|9. East Carolina||153|