Oct. 25, 2006
The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team hits the road for the first time this season with dual meets against three teams over a two-day span Friday and Saturday.
On Friday the Vols battle a pair of SEC rivals in Kentucky and South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., at the Carolina Natatorium at 3 p.m. On Saturday Tennessee will travel to Raleigh, N.C., for a match-up against North Carolina State at 1 p.m. at the Casey Aquatic Center.
Tennessee looks to build on its 1-0 record after a season-opening win over Louisville last Friday.
"After a mixed bag win in our season-opener against Louisville, which saw some very impressive performances from Scott Wherry and Octavio Alesi, among others, we head to Columbia, S.C.," UT head coach John Trembley said. "It will be an arduous trip, leaving early Friday morning to swim SEC foes South Carolina and Kentucky in hostile waters.
The format will be unusual, one that we have not seen in over a year. We certainly have some holes in our lineup, as does our opponents. It will be a matter of guessing correctly as coaches and having the athletes execute the events they swim and dive. This should be a very closely contested competition."
After the tough double-dual competition on Friday, the task will continue for the Vols at North Carolina State on Saturday. Trembley expressed that the meet will be another good test and will show the character of the team.
"We are looking forward to getting on the road for the first time this year," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "As we go against two SEC foes, we are excited to see what Kentucky and South Carolina have to offer. South Carolina's David Ovelson will be a formidable competitor as he showed as a freshman last year. South Carolina freshman Corry Christian was a talented recruit coming out of high school a year ago but battled injuries last and I don't know what to expect. Kentucky was pretty inexperienced last year, and I am sure they have worked hard to improve under Coach Mike Lyden.
"We are also looking forward to stepping outside the conference in facing North Carolina State."
Competition begins at 3 p.m. Friday at South Carolina and 1 p.m. Saturday at North Carolina State. Results can be found at the conclusion of the meets both days on utsports.com.