March 17, 2006

The 12th-ranked Tennessee men's swimming and diving team qualified 11 individuals for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships next week. Nationals begin Thursday and concluded Saturday in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Tennessee is one of only seven teams to qualify more than 10 individuals for the NCAA championships. Fellow SEC competitor Auburn qualified the most athletes, 22, but under NCAA regulations a team can only bring 18 individuals to the championships. SEC runner-up Florida qualified 12.

Other teams with double-digit qualifiers inculde Stanford (15), California (14), Texas (14) and Minnesota (12).

The Volunteer squad is led by seniors Casey Dauw, Bryan Goldberg, Tyler Gustafson and Kiel Huston. Captains Dauw, Goldberg and Gustafson combine for a total of 18 career All-America honors.

Dauw is set to compete in the 200 free and 200 individual medley. Goldberg has qualifying times in the 200 free along with Gustafson. Gustafson is also qualified in the 100 free. Huston is competing in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breast.

Tennessee's senior leadership is not the only positive going into the season-ending meet. The Vols are carrying a youth-laden squad to Atlanta that should be looked upon for top scores this year as well as in the future.

Juniors Brad Boswell and Andrew Engle, each scoring last year at NCAAs, should provide a spark this year as well. Boswell is a four-time All-America, scoring three awards last year alone. Boswell is also coming off a strong second-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 47.29 at the SEC championships . He is set to compete in the 100 back and 200 back at nationals as well.

Engle was a 2005 All-America in the 400 medley relay. He swam a fine SEC championship meet with a sixth-place finish in the 100 butterfly and will compete in the 100 fly at NCAAs.

The sophomore contingent is led by studs Octavio Alesi and Michael Wolfe. Alesi has one All-America honor to his credit with his efforts last year at NCAAs in the 400 medley relay.

Wolfe finished third in three events at the SEC championships with third-place showings in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly, and is qualified for all three at NCAAs.

Alesi is qualified for the 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly.

A strong freshman class is being well represented at nationals with three set to compete.

Freshman Nolan Morrell looks to continue his strong SEC championship debut, a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle, with a point-scoring performance at NCAAs. Also looking to score in their NCAA championship debut are Jeff Sudbury and Barry Murphy.

Morrell is qualified in the 200 free, 500 free, 200 back. Murphy and Sudbury are both qualified for the 50 free and 100 breast.

The Vols also have a strong number of relay events qualified for their NCAA arsenal. Tennessee garnered qualifying times in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.





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