March 10, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles became the first Tennessee diver to qualify for the national meet with a steady performance Monday at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships.
Robles finished second in the 3-meter springboard competition to secure one of seven regional positions available for the NCAA Championships later this month. He posted a 12-dive score of 791.95, including a preliminary six-dive score of 402.70.
"Mauricio was just a model on consistency all day today," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He came up with some clutch dives in high DD situations. But for the most part, he was just solid all day. When everyone else around him was missing dives, he maintained his concentration and kept making his dives."
The men's competition featured high-level competition all day. U.S. Olympic medalist Nick McCrory of Duke took first in 860.00.
Though he has already secured his national spot, Robles will continue diving in the meet this week. The men's 1-meter springboard will be on Tuesday.
There are nine qualifying positions available for the women. Redshirt Tori Lamp was close to qualifying Monday, just missing on the 1-meter springboard.
Lamp finished fifth with a preliminary and final combined score of 600.70, just 15 points outside of third place. The top three automatically qualified for NCAAs. She is currently 13th on the priority list. Thea Vock of Miami won the competition in 627.20.
Lera reached the finals and finished 18th in 534.65.
"I was pleased with the way Tori dove today," Parrington said. "She left some points on the board. She missed a dive in the first round of dives and in the second. That made the difference between getting in third place and qualifying today. Today's women's 1-meter competition was one of the most high-level women's competitions I've ever seen.
"I was happy with the way Sam dove, making it to the finals in this field on Day 1."
The women's 3-meter springboard will be Tuesday with the top four automatically qualifying.