The sixth-ranked Tennessee men’s swimming and diving team takes on the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs Saturday at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. The meet is set to begin at 2:15 p.m.
“We meet a traditional opponent in the Univsersity of Georgia,” UT head coach John Trembley said. “It is a great series with Tennessee holding the edge. But recently, Georgia has gotten the best of us.”
Tennessee leads the overall series with 26 victories over Georgia while only suffering six losses to their SEC foe. The first meeting occurred in 1968 when Coach Ray Bussard and the Vols met and overpowered the Bulldogs by a score of 66-49. The last meeting saw Tennessee fall to a strong Georgia club 138-103.
“They will be motivated Saturday because it is senior day for their team,” Trembley said. “And 10 Georgia seniors will face Tennessee for the last time in their home pool. The team is excited to race and dive in a tremendous facility. We need to race harder than we did last week. We’ll see if the adjustments we made will pay off against a top-ranked opponent. They have the defending NCAA diving champion, defending NCAA champion in the 1650 freestyle, and a NCAA runner-up in the 200 butterfly. We have our work cut out for us.”
The Vols come off a loss to seventh-ranked Indiana at home. The Vols record fell to 6-1 overall but still maintain a 3-0 record in Southeastern Conference competition. Georgia enters the meet with a 3-2 overall record.
Following the Georgia dual meet, the team returns to Knoxville on Feb. 2 to face the No. 5 Florida Gators. This meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and marks the last home meet for seniors Octavio Alesi, Ryan Rincon and Michael Wolfe.