Jan. 5, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- All three UT divers competing finished in the top 10 on the 10-meter platform Saturday to wrap up the Tennessee Diving Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
On the men's side, senior Brent Sterling put together another solid performance to end the diving-only meet. Despite a low score on his final dive, he was consistent enough to post a career-best score of 304.35 on the platform, good for ninth place in a field of 29 competitors.
"He did a great job through five dives," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He missed his last one a little bit, but overall, great performance that capped a great meet for him all around."
The career high was a final high note for Sterling at the invitational. He ended in the top 10 on both springboard events and enjoyed his second-highest career score on the 3-meter (394.45).
Auburn's John Santeiu won the platform competition with a score of 385.80.
In the women's competition, junior Tori Lamp missed on two dives in the middle of her list but finished strong to take second with a score of 288.00. She received judges scores of 8s and 9s to climb back up the leaderboard, hitting her final dive for 80.00.
Lamp's first dive was one that she had only performed once before in competition, and Saturday she hit it for just over 65 points. Parrington said the dive has the potential to be a big point-getter for Lamp, in the 90-point range, once she improves some elements.
"I would have liked to have seen her win, but we certainly know what needs to be worked on and what needs to be done," Parrington said.
Freshman Samantha Lera wrapped up her first collegiate diving-only meet with a fifth-place finish and a score of 242.30.
It was a productive week for Lera in every event. She reached the finals in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, posting a career-best 293.25 on the 1 meter en route to taking third.
"She could have been a little sharper today but she was solid," Parrington said. "She's learned a great deal this weekend that is going to put her in good standings as we move ahead."
Georgia's Laura Ryan won the women's 1-meter competition with a score of 312.35.
All told, every UT diver excelled at their home meet. Lamp took top five finishes in all three events, her best result coming on the platform. Senior Jodie McGroarty, who did not compete on platform, won the 3-meter competition and finished second on the 1 meter.
"For the whole weekend, there's no question that for the four who were able to dive, we accomplished what we set out to accomplish," Parrington said. "We got a lot of competition in, a lot of diving in, a lot of training in. And in some cases, we got some career highs. This really tells me what we need to do to get ready for down the road."
Tennessee Diving Invitational
1. John Santeiu, Auburn, 285.80; 2. Daniel Helm, LSU, 361.70; 3. Fraser Mckean, Auburn, 357.85; 4. Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky, 326.85; 5. Kevin Leong, LSU, 324.00; 6. Devin Burnett, SMU, 321.30; 7. Clark Thomas, Missouri, 305.80; 8. Andrew Laing, Auburn, 304.40; 9. Brent Sterling, UT, 304.45; 10. Sean McKinney, LSU, 302.60; 11. Zachary Peterson, UK, 290.40; 12. Luke Zippi, Alabama, 288.10.
1. Laura Ryan, Georgia, 312.35; 2. Tori Lamp, UT, 288.00; 3. Cassie Weil, LSU, 254.75; 4. Christa Cabot, UK, 242.80; 5. Samantha Lera, UT, 242.30; 6. Ann-Perry Blank, Georgia, 236.45; 7. Rebecca Corbett, UVA, 229.90; 8. Ellen Schmidt, LSU, 227.25; 9. Allie Alter, LSU, 224.00; 10. Cinzia Calabretta, Auburn, 217.45; 11. Carly Scheper, Auburn, 214.40; 12. Sarah Chewning, UK, 214.35.