The sixth-ranked Tennessee men’s swimming and diving team signed five new Volunteers for the 2008-09 season. The Vols add Anders Storvik of Austin, Texas, Derek Paul of McCordsville, Ind., Richard (Ricky) Henahan of Rochester, N.Y., Jake Epperson of Toledo, Ohio, and Ryan Helms of Moultrie, Ga.
“This is an exciting group," UT head coach John Trembley said. “They swim and dive a multitude of events. This will be the first class of Volunteers who will have the benefit of training and competing in the Allan Jone Intercollegiate Aquatic Center for their entire career. That is special for them, and they are a special class for Tennessee’s future.”
Diving Coach Dave Parrington is excited about newcomer diver Helms, who has been invited to the US Olympic Medalist Program for potential medalist.
“I am ecstatic Ryan Helms has signed on to be a Tennessee Volunteer starting next year,” Parrington said. “I have observed and followed Ryan’s career since he has been a youngster and have always believed his immense potential could be an enormous asset to our team, not only on the boards, but certainly in the class room where he is a stellar student looking forward to a career in the medical field. Ryan’s family have brought him up to be a fine young man whose faith, character, talent and desire to be a Volunteer will make him a perfect fit for the Swimming and Diving team.”
Westwood High School
Swam only one season, his freshman year, of high school .. Regional Qualifier. Set school record in the 100 backstroke ... Swam for Longhorn Aquatic under Randy Reese ... Won 400 freestyle relay during 2007 summer Junior championships ... The relay set a new national record with a time of 3:29.68.
100 Backstroke -- 51.72
200 Backstroke -- 1:51.64
100 Butterfly -- 57.82
200 Free -- 1:56.88
Hamilton Southeastern High School
In 2007, led Hamilton Southeastern High School to first-place team finish at the Indiana State Championships ... His team won two straight conference championships and three straight sectional championships.
100 Breaststroke -- 57.07
200 I.M. -- 1:54.26
Backstroke, Butterfly, Freestyle
Irondequoit High School
Twelve-time, Section 5 champion swimmer ...Three-time All-America. Olympic Trial Qualifier ... Two-time New York State Champion in the 100 back ... New York State record holder in the 100 backstroke ... NYSPHSAA Outstanding Competitor Award ... All Greater Rochester Swimmer of the year ... Named MVP of high school team.
100 Backstroke -- 49.60
200 Backstroke -- 1:49.20
100 Butterfly -- 49.80
St. John’s Jesuit High School
Earned multiple All-America honors ... Holder of seven school records as well as the district record in the 100 breaststroke ... Named team MVP three times.
100 Breaststroke -- 57.41
200 Breaststroke -- 2:05.33
200 I.M. -- 1:51.95
400 I.M. -- 4:06.00
Colquitt County High School
Classifcation 5A Georgia High School one-meter champion in 2005, 2006 and 2007... Section 5A one-meter record holder in 2007 .. At the 2007 Pan Am Championships he was 6th on the one-meter and 3rd on the three-meter in the 16-18 age group ... At the 2007 Junior National Championships, he was second-place on both the one- and three-meter boards ... In 2006, he was seventh on the platform in the 16-18 age group ... He has been just invited by US diving to join its Olympic Medalist Program, which is an elite group for their potential Olympic medalists.