Jan. 5, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore Samantha Lera placed fourth on the 10-meter platform Sunday to finish the Georgia Diving Invitational.
Lera scored 259.45 during her five-dive list. It was her second top-10 finish of the meet, having placed 10th Saturday on the 3-meter springboard.
"I was pleased for the most part with our performance," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Samantha had a very consistent list of dives in a very close competition between second through fourth. There were a couple mistakes that we can fix before SECs."
Freshman Gaffney Taylor finished 14th, her best place of the meet, with a score of 193.35.
"Today was Gaffney's first outing on the platform in college and her first platform competition since she was 14 or 15," Parrington said. "It's a good measuring stick for her and myself."
The top nine divers in the women's contest were from SEC squads. Cassie Weil of LSU won by nearly 30 points with a score of 291.70.
"Even though Michael's score on tower was a little lower than last time, he performed three brand-new dives today and hit two of them," Parrington said.
Redshirt senior Tori Lamp performed a brand-new dive to start the platform competition. Lamp, who is returning from a shoulder injury, was scratched from her remaining dives as a precaution. Parrington said it was important to try that dive in a competition at Gabrielsen Natatorium, where the SEC Championships will be held next month.
Lamp, the reigning national diver of the year, made the finals in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
Redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles did not compete because of attending a funeral of a family member in his home country of Mexico.
I was really pretty pleased for the most part with our performance. Samantha Lera had a very consistent list of dives in a very close competition between second through fourth. There were a couple mistakes that we can fix before SECs. Gaffney Taylor