Zone B Diving Meet Concludes

March 13, 2013



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee will send a total of three divers to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships later this month in Indianapolis.

Tennessee finished hosting the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Wednesday, and did not get any more additional qualifiers on platform, though freshman Samantha Lera came close in the women's competition.

Senior Brent Sterling will join the Vols for the NCAA Championships on the men's side for the third time, while Lady Vols will be represented on the boards by back-to-back SEC Diver of the Year Tori Lamp and senior Jodie McGroarty.

On Wednesday, Lera finished one spot out from joining her teammates in the field, finishing fourth on the platform. The top three spots earned automatic qualifying positions.

Between all the schools, a total of 15 divers from the Zone meet qualified for NCAAs. New qualifiers Wednesday include Jordan Long of Duke for the men and Hannah Hopkins of NC State, Kara McCormack of Miami and Ann-Perry Blank of Georgia.

Three spots in the NCAA field were on the line in the women's competition Wednesday, and they were earned by the top three divers.

Hannah Hopkins of NC State won the platform competition by a wide margin, earning her spot in the NCAA field with a score of 593.35. Kara McCormack of Miami was second and Ann-Perry Blank of Georgia was third.

Lera just missed out of the NCAA field, taking fourth with a 12-dive list of 517.95.

The contest concludes Lera's freshman season, a year in which she made consistent strides forward. She finished fifth on platform at the SEC Championships and reached the finals of all three diving events.

"I'm really proud of Samantha. She had a good meet all week long, making all three finals. She was in contention today to make NCAAs, which would have been outstanding. She came up a little short, but she was right in the thick of the competition. She was aggressive out there, which got the better of her. I think the future is very bright there.

For the Lady Vols, Tori Lamp and Jodie McGroarty has already earned their spot in the NCAA field earlier this week, but had to dive to be eligible for the event at the final site. Lamp dove her full list in the prelims and finished with 322.10, the highest of any diver heading into the finals. She dove off the 5-meter platform on her final dives and finished seventh with 482.50.

Nick McCrory of Duke, a 2012 Olympian, took care of business on the men's platform, winning with a score of 947.00. He won the competition by nearly 250 points ahead of second-place Michael Lewark of Florida State (697.60).

McCrory had already assured himself a trip to the NCAAs by winning the 1-meter diving competition Monday, but his victory Wednesday helped send his teammate Jordan Long to the NCAA Championships. Long was next on the qualifying priority list.

For the Tennessee men, senior Jordan Mauney was in a position where he had to win the event to qualify for NCAAs, a tough task against the likes of McCrory and others. Mauney placed 15th with a score of 257.20.

Wednesday marked the end of Mauney's competitive career at UT. The four-year diver for the Vols enjoyed his best season this year, setting career bests on all three events.

"He had a little more going on mentally than he needed to have a really good event," Parrington said. "I was really proud of him. He really had a good week. His springboards were great. Then a little tough day for him. He was a little bit emotional out there."

For fellow senior Brent Sterling, he merely had to compete on the platform in order to be eligible in it for the national meet. He qualified for NCAAs on Tuesday by taking second on the 3 meter. On Wednesday, he finished 16th with a score of 246.85.


1. Platform - 1st -- Nick McCrory, Duke
2. Three-Meter - 1st -- John Santieu, Auburn
3. One-Meter - 1st -- Nick McCroy, Duke
4. Three-Meter - 2nd -- Brent Sterling, Tennessee
5. One-Meter - 2nd -- Thomas Neubacher, Florida State
6. Three-Meter - 3rd -- Jordan Long, Duke
< --- NCAA Qualifying Cutoff --- >
7. One-Meter - 3rd -- Fraser Mckean, Auburn
8. Platform - 2nd -- Michael Lewark -- Florida State
9. Three-Meter - 4th -- Fraser Mckean, Auburn
10. One-Meter - 4th -- Brent Sterling, Tennessee
11. Three-Meter - 5th -- Cole Miller, South Carolina
12. Platform - 3rd -- Tanner Wilfong, Miami
13. One-Meter - 5th -- Hudson Rains, NC State
14. Three-Meter - 6th -- Hudson Rains, NC State
15. One-Meter - 6th -- John Santeiu, Auburn
16. Platform - 4th -- Michael Beran, Auburn
17. Three-Meter - 7th -- Jordan Mauney, Tennessee
18. One-Meter - 7th -- Jordan Long, Duke
19. Three-Meter - 8th -- Luke Zippi, Alabama
20. Platform - 5th -- Fraser McKean, Auburn
21. One-Meter - 8th -- Justin Youtsey, Auburn
22. Three-Meter - 9th -- Sean Saley, Florida
23. One-Meter - 9th -- Sean Saley, Florida
24. Platform - 6th -- Nicholas Klein, Florida State
25. Three-Meter - 10th -- Nick McCrory, Duke
26. One-Meter - 10th -- Nicholas Klein, Florida State
27. Three-Meter - 11th -- Justin Youtsey, Auburn
28. Platform - 7th -- Thomas Neubacher, Floirda State
29. One-Meter - 11th -- Deon Reid, Duke
30. Three-Meter - 12th -- Deon Reid, Duke
31. One-Meter - 12th -- Tanner Wilfong, Miami


1. Platform - 1st -- Hannah Hopkins, NC State
2. Three-Meter - 1st -- Laura Ryan, Georgia
3. One-Meter - 1st -- Rachel Mumma, NC State
4. Three-Meter - 2nd -- Rachel Mumma, NC State
5. One-Meter - 2nd -- Kelsey Goodman, Florida State
6. Three-Meter - 3rd -- Jodie McGroarty, Tennessee
7. One-Meter - 3rd -- Tori Lamp, Tennessee
8. Platform - 2nd -- Kara McCormack, Miami
9. Three-Meter - 4th -- Carrie Dragland, Miami
10. One-Meter - 4th -- Lindsay Lester, Miami
11. Three-Meter - 5th -- Lindsay Lester, Miami
12. Platform - 3rd -- Ann-Perry Blank, Georgia
< --- NCAA Qualifying Cutoff --- >
13. One-Meter - 5th -- Jodie McGroarty, Tennessee
14. Three-Meter - 6th -- Paige McCleary, Alabama
15. One-Meter - 6th -- Kara McCormack, Miami
16. Platform - 4th -- Samantha Lera, Tennessee
17. Three-Meter - 7th -- Kahlia Warner, Florida
18. One-Meter - 7th -- Ariel Rittenhouse, Florida State
19. Three-Meter - 8th -- Tori Lamp, Tennessee
20. Platform - 5th -- Angely Martinez, Alabama
21. One-Meter - 8th -- Kahlia Warner, Florida
22. Three-Meter - 9th -- Kelsey Goodman, Florida State
23. One-Meter - 9th -- Paige McCleary, Alabama
24. Platform - 6th -- Jaimee Gundry, Duke
25. Three-Meter - 10th -- Ariel Rittenhouse, Florida State
26. One-Meter - 10th -- Carrie Dragland, Miami
27. Three-Meter - 11th -- Kara McCormack, Miami
28. Platform - 7th -- Tori Lamp, Tennessee
29. One-Meter - 11th -- Ashley Hardy, Georgia Tech
30. Three-Meter - 12th -- Shanna Schuelein, Auburn
31. One-Meter - 12th -- Patti Kranz, South Carolina





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