Dec. 2, 2006

The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team is in second-place after the second day of competition at the Princeton Invitational at the DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J.

Virginia scored 667 points followed by the Vols with 620. Princeton finished third with 331.

"It was a great second day of the meet for the Vols," UT head coach John Trembley said.

Junior Octavio Alesi followed up his 50 freestyle win on Friday with an impressive win in the 100 butterfly in 46.97. His time is good for second all-time in school history while also earning an automatic qualifying spot at the NCAA Championships in March.

Following Alesi, the Vols took second through sixth to dominate the eight-man final. Senior Andrew Engle took second (47.92) and sophomore Stan Czarnecki finished third (48.19). Three seniors took the next three spots with Brad Boswell finishing fourth (48.67), Travis Wright in fifth (48.91) and Peter McVey in sixth (48.96).

The Vols won the 200 medley relay in 1:26.75. Senior Brad Boswell led the relay that earned at B-Cut Standard time for NCAAs. Barry Murphy and Andrew Engle followed with Alesi anchoring.

"The 200 medley relay really started the day off in electrifying fashion and the trend just continued," Trembley said.

Tennessee also finished fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:32.26.

The Vols also won the 800 free relay in 6:29.50, which is a B-Cut time for NCAAs. The Vols have swept all relay events thus far in the season.



Sophomore Jimmy Dabney also had a lifetime best in the 200 free, finishing fifth in 1:39.22. Senior Chris Wary finished sixth in 1:40.03 and sophomore Scott Wherry finished seventh in 1:41.96.

Sophomore Steven Fortney had a lifetime best in the 400 I.M., finishing sixth in 3:59.81.

The Vols had two representatives in the 100 breaststroke final with senior Michael Russo finishing fourth in 56.57. McVey continued his fine meet, finishing eighth in 58.09.

Czarnecki scored again in the 100 backstroke with a lifetime best 49.99 while finishing third. Freshman Frankie Lacayo finished sixteenth in 52.83.

Freshman Michael Muscari finished fourth on the 3-meter board with 280.07 points. Muscari, Ryan Rincon and Chris Davis all compete on the 10-meter platform Sunday.

"The few mistakes I made during the prelims (Saturday) I corrected in finals," Muscari said.

Competition concludes tomorrow with prelims beginning at 10 a.m., and finals beginning at 6 p.m.



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