Oct. 14, 2008
Thursday marks the beginning of a new season for the University of Tennessee men's swimming and diving team. There are team members who begin their collegiate careers as a Volunteer and a facility that marks the beginning of a new era in the program's history. The Vols look to start off this new chapter with the same intensity that has earned UT a reputation as one of the nation's top programs.
The Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center will play host to the University of the Cumberlands at 11 a.m. and then University of Louisville at 1:30 p.m.
The University of Cumberlands enters the matchup coming off an undefeated regular season (13-0) in 2007-08 and a fifth place NAIA tournament finish. The Patriots won their first meet Oct. 11 over Union College (126-70).
Louisville finished undefeated in the Big East last season (3-0) and finished second in the conference tournament. This is the seventh meeting between the two squads. Last year the Vols defeated the Cardinals in Louisville 165-130. UT will defend their perfect record against Louisville; the Vols are 6-0 against the Cardinals entering Thursday's contest.
"The University of the Cumberlands is a program on the rise," said head coach John Trembley. "Louisville is extremely well coached. Last year, they arguably showed more improvement than any other team in the nation. We need to step to the plate Oct. 16 and swim some better technical races and compete at a more intense level."