Lauryn McCalley came up short of qualifying for the World Cup Team in the 3m synchronized diving.
Jan. 15, 2004
Junior Lauryn McCalley (Moultrie, Ga.), along with her partner Lane Bassham, came up just short of qualifying for the World Cup Team in the 3m synchronized diving event on Jan. 15 at the 2004 USA World Cup Diving Trials in Huntersville, N.C., at the Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center. The tandem turned in a second-place mark of 538.86 to finish off the pace set by the event championship duo of Kimiko Soldati and Erin Quinn, who posted a 569.75.
"They came up a little bit short tonight," Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "They dived very well together this evening, but were a little bit off the mark and that probably cost them the championship."
The 2004 World Cup Diving Trials is a competition to select the USA Diving Team that will compete at the 14th FINA Diving World Cup taking place in Athens, Greece, from February 18-22. It is also considered a preview of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving that will take place next June in St. Louis. The top two finishers in each individual event and the top team in the synchro events will be named to the World Cup Team.
Next up, McCalley vies for 3m springboard supremacy on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Former Lady Vol Jaime Sanger will join McCalley in the 3m diving portion of the trials.
Upon completion of the trials, McCalley will rejoin with the rest of the Lady Vols to take on Florida in the Student Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. The meet will be the final time the Tennessee seniors will compete in front of a home crowd.