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Lera Takes Fourth on Platform

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.

On the men's side, freshman Michael Howell also placed 14th on platform with a six-dive score of 263.60. Lee Fullam was 22nd in 203.40.

"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

Georgia Diving Invitational
Women's Platform

4. Samantha Lera, 259.45
14. Gaffney Taylor, 193.35
29. Tori Lamp, 45.00 (scratched after first dive)

Men's Platform
14. Michael Howell, 263.60
22. Lee Fullam, 203.40

 

 

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