BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. October 16. THE University of Tennessee swimming and diving team won its season opener 166-134 over Louisiana State.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead with victories in the 200 medley relay and 1000 freestyle. The relay team of sophomore Ricky Henahan, junior Brad Craig, junior Michael DeRocco and freshman Herbie Behm placed second in the medley relay at 1:30.61. Co-captain Geoff Sanders led the Vols in the 1000 freestyle in third (9:33.11). Juniors Carl Jones (9:40.87) and Scott Friderichs (9:51.93) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Big Orange then raced back with wins in the next three events.
In his very first event as a Tennessee Volunteer, redshirt freshman Ryan Harrison narrowly defeated teammate Michael Christy (1:40.54) to win the 200 freestyle with a 1:40.13 mark. Junior Chris Winchell finished third (1:41.99)
Henahan won the 100 backstroke at 49.48 while sophomore Anders Storvik placed third (50.80).
Craig won the 100 breaststroke at 56.35. Sophomore Jake Epperson finished third (57.36) and junior Mattias Kahlin placed fourth (57.85).
Junior Patrick Beasley grabbed third place in the 200 butterfly (1:53.96), while Sanders placed fourth (1:54.09) and freshman Seth Wensel finished seventh (2:00.05).
The Vols had a strong performance in the 50 freestyle with three scorers. DeRocco placed second (20.92) while freshmen Behm (21.21) and Ed Walsh (21.28) placed second and third.
Coming off a sterling freshman campaign, Ryan Helms claimed the one- and three-meter diving events. Helms scored 312.00 on the one-meter with co-captain Michael Muscari in third at 301.20 and freshman Jordan Mauney in fourth with a 288.15 mark. On the three-meter, Helms scored an impressive 397.57, less than seven points off his career-best mark. Muscari again placed third (315.30) and Mauney took fifth (300.08).
After winning in his first collegiate event, Harrison led the Vols in the 100 freestyle, finishing third (46.45). Walsh (46.61) and Behm (47.90) placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Storvik won the 200 backstroke for the Big Orange at 1:50.15. Christy (1:52.38) and Winchell (1:53.71) scored in third and fifth place, respectively. Winning his second event of the day, Craig took first in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:03.40 time. Epperson took second place with a 2:05.71 mark and Kahlin finished fifth at 2:10.37.
Sanders took second in the 500 freestyle (4:34.79) with support from Jones in fourth (4:44.53) and Friderichs in sixth (4:53.32).
DeRocco earned his first win of the season in the 100 butterfly with a 49.36 time. Freshman Giles Smith placed third at 50.49 and Henahan finished sixth at 51.41.
The school-record holder in the 200 individual medley, Christy took first in the event with a 1:52.53 time. Craig took second (1:52.82) and Epperson finished fourth (1:56.56).
Tennessee took second in the final event–the 400 freestyle relay. The relay team of Smith, DeRocco, Harrison and Storvik swam a 3:05.62 and scored four final points for the Vols.
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