Dec. 3, 2006
The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team finished second with 818 points at the Princeton Invitational at the DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J.
Virginia won with 1029 points and Princeton finished third with 474.
"We really had some nice performances (Sunday)," UT head coach John Trembley said. "I was happy with the team spirit and the fact that we have several individuals who will be able to begin preparations for the NCAA championships because of the strong meet they had here.
This meet was a great barometer for each team member. Obviously those who were successful should be motivated and some who should fell a little short and should feel a little more hungry. Overall it was a good competition.
Tennessee had five of the eight representatives in the 100 freestyle final with sophomore Barry Murphy winning the event in 43.85, narrowly beating fellow sophomore Nolan Morrell who finished second in 43.89. Murphy's time broke the DeNunzio Pool record and also set a NCAA B-Cut standard time as did Morrell's time.
The Vols ended the meet taking first and third in the 400 freestyle relay. Octavio Alesi led the winning relay to a 2:55.05 finish, a B-Cut time, with Murphy, Engle and Morrell following.
Freshman Jordan Walters led the third-place relay (2:03.58) with Wary, Wherry and Dabney following.
Junior Michael Wolfe placed second in the 200 butterfly in 1:47.99, a B-Cut time. Sophomore Stan Czarnecki finished eighth in 1:51.58, sophomore Steven Fortney finished 10th in 1:51.72 and sophomore Greg Houchin finished 18th in 1:50.63.
Senior Michael Russo finished out a solid meet with a fourth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.80.
Freshman Frankie Lacayo finished tied for 18th in the 200 backstroke in 1:55.00.
The Vol divers finished up the competition with three top-five performances on the 10-meter platform. Freshman Michael Muscari finished second (282.60), junior Ryan Rincon finished fourth (275.30) and freshman Chris Davis finished fifth (221.20).
"I especially happy with Muscari's first tower competiton," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Ryan Rincon dove with a limited list due to injury and Chris Davis did well in his first platform competition.
Tennessee also defeated Columbia 140-122 in a dual-meet stretching over the three-day invitational.