Oct. 15, 2003
The University of Tennessee men's swimming and diving team kicks off its season Friday with the 26th annual Orange and White meet at the Student Aquatic Center. The meet begins at 3 p.m. and admission is free.
The coaching staff has divided the Vols into two teams, the Orange squad and the White squad. The two groups will square off for bragging rights in a competition that simulates a regular season dual-meet, with the White squad holding a 14-11 overall edge.
"This will be a great opportunity to see our guys in a race environment," head coach John Trembley said. "Senior leadership should play a vital role this season. We are looking for them to swim fast and encourage the underclassmen to swim fast."
This year's senior leadership comes from Andrew Bree, Evan Fischer, Jamie Graves, Evan Nylander and Raymond Rosal. With 10 newcomers, Trembley stressed that senior leadership is going to be a key element for the season.
"Our freshmen are untested in Tennessee water, so this should let us see where they are at," Trembley said. "I am also anticipating some good things from our young divers, especially the battle between freshman Jevon Tarantino and NCAA champion Phil Jones."
Tennessee has four divers on its squad, including one newcomer and last year's NCAA three-meter champion in Jones.
"This meet will give our guys a chance to dive in a competitive situation," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "I'm looking forward to watching Jevon. He has been training hard, and this will give us a chance to see where he is at."
Last season the Vols compiled a 5-2 dual-meet record and finished 16th in the country. Tennessee also garnered 17 All-America honors at the NCAA Championships and returns eight All-Americas this season.
The Vols regular season begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, against SEC rival
Order of Events:
400y Medley Relay
200y Individual Medley
400y Freestyle Relay