Jan. 3, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. -- Tennessee redshirt senior Tori Lamp finished third on the 1-meter springboard Friday to open the Georgia Diving Invitational.
Lamp rallied on her last dive in the finals to post a six-dive score of 305.15, less than five points shy of the winning total. It was Lamp's second time to score more than 300 on the 1-meter boards this season.
"Tori did an excellent job," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "With the limited time she's been on the board, I'm really pleased she was able to pop a 305 on her list. She was very solid all day today."
Alabama's Page McCleary won the tight competition with a score of 309.45.
The Southeastern Conference showed off some of its depth in this meet; of the 12 women's finalists, 11 were from SEC schools. There were a total of 53 competitors during the preliminary rounds, the largest diving contest Tennessee has participated in this year.
"Samantha was a little off the mark today unfortunately," Parrington said. "Maybe a little bit of rust there. Diving in a long preliminary event may have caught up with her a little bit. She missed missed the final by 14 points and I felt there were a good many more left on the board today."
In the men's 3-meter springboard competition, neither of the UT freshmen advanced to the finals. Lee Fullam was 27th with a score of 220.15 and Michael Howell was right behind him with 215.80. Fullam injured his hand on the board in practice Thursday but was still able to compete.
"Lee really showed some toughness competing today after getting injured yesterday on the board, so I was proud of him for that," Parrington said. "Michael had that deer in the headlights look about him. Hopefully he'll be able to bounce back from that tomorrow."
Redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles did not compete because he was attending the funeral of a family member this week in Mexico.
The Georgia Diving Invitational continues Saturday with the women's 3-meter springboard and the men's 1-meter springboard. The platform competition is Sunday.