Dec. 4, 2005
The No. 10 Tennessee men's swimming and diving team won the Bulldog Invitational Sunday afternoon in Athens, Ga., over the University of Georgia. The Vols won with 1025.5 points. Second-place Georgia finished with 984 points and third-place Virginia ended with 602 points.
"There were some great swims and this was a great team endeavor," UT head coach John Trembley said. "Great leadership was shown from our captains as expected. We are going expect more and more from this relatively young team. We have alot of work to do before we re-establish ourselves as a traditional Tennessee power."
The Vols showed their depth and power early by placing three of the top four and six in the top-10 of the 200 backstroke. Sophomore Michael Wolfe won the event in 1:44.64, good enough for a NCAA B-cut standard. Junior Brad Boswell finished third (1:48.48) and freshman Nolan Morrell finished fourth (1:48.91).
Senior Casey Dauw finished eighth in 1:55.61. Freshman Peter Baer won the B-final and finished ninth overall in 1:50.02 with sophomore Andrew Van Meter following in 10th in 1:50.13. Stan Czarnecki finished 15th in 1:52.58.
Tennessee continued to pour it on with Tyler Gustafson winning the 100
freestyle in 44.08. The time was good enough for a NCAA B-cut time for the
championships in March. Senior Bryan Goldberg finished eighth in 46.35.
Freshman Barry Murphy finished ninth (44.93) and fellow freshman Jimmy Dabney
finished 13th in 46.05.
Wolfe narrowly missed his second win of the day, placing second in 1:47.27 in the 200 yard butterfly. Dauw finished seventh in 1:52.07 and Andrew Engle finished eighth in 1:52.15. Freshman Greg Houchin placed 12th in 1:52.80.
The true team effort on day three of competition was topped off with a relay win. The 400 freestyle relay, led by the freshman Murphy followed off the blocks by the senior triumvirate of captains in Dauw, Goldberg and Gustafson won in 2:57.62. The time was good for another NCAA B-cut standard time.
"We continue to get better and I am really proud of Burkley Showe and Ryan Rincon who stepped up and dove tough today," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "We have some more work to do but I am happy with where we are right now."
The Vols begin their grueling winter training program with more than a month time until their next competition Jan. 14 at Virginia.
Tennessee returns to Athens, Ga., Jan. 22 for dual-meet against the Bulldogs.