Jan. 14, 2004
The Tennessee men's swimming team travels to Auburn, Ala., Friday to take on the No. 1-ranked Tigers. While a pair of Vols divers will be competing in the USA Diving World Cup Trials in Huntsville, N.C. Friday through Sunday.
Auburn is coming off an impressive road win at No. 2-ranked Texas. The Tigers, who also bettered sixth-ranked Michigan are undefeated.
" Auburn is the defending national champion and current No. 1-ranked team," head coach John Trembley said. "(the Tigers) are far ahead of any swimming and diving team in the country. Our team is very excited to compete in a short course in meters. Our national championship will be held in a short-course meter pool so each time we compete in one it helps us prepare for nationals."
Competing at the Huntsville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center, divers Phillip Jones and Jevon Tarantino will look to best a field of 2004 Olympic hopefuls.
"Both Phillip and Jevon have competed very well against the guys they will be going against this weekend," diving coach Dave Parrington said. "This will be the first time Phillip and Jevon have competed together in the synchronized 3-meter event."
JONES NAMED SEC DIVER OF THE WEEK
Junior Phillip Jones won SEC Diver of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 12.
In a dual meet at Virginia Jan. 10, Jones set two pool records on his way to winning both diving events. He won the one-meter title by putting up an impressive score of 338.85. Jones then followed up with a 391.50 on the three-meter board, where he is the defending NCAA champion. Both of Jones's wins topped pool records previously held by former Vol diver and three-time Olympian Gabi Chereches.
" I am very proud of Phillip's award. Certainly his performance is deserving of the award," diving coach Dave Parrington said. "This is a good confidence booster for the World Cup team tryouts."