DIVE CENTRAL: Tennessee Diving Invite

Jan. 2, 2013

Jan. 3-5, 2012 | All Day
AJIAC | Knoxville, Tenn.


11:30 a.m. - Men's 1m prelim, Women's 3m prelim
Finals in both events to follow conclusion of prelims

11:30 a.m. - Women's 1m prelim, Men's 3m prelim
Finals in both events to follow conclusion of prelims

10:30 a.m. - Men's and Women's platform final

Tennessee (SEC)
Alabama (SEC)
Auburn (SEC)
Kentucky (SEC)
Georgia (SEC)
Missouri (SEC)
James Madison
North Carolina
Penn State
South Dakota State

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vols and Lady Vols are set to host the three-day Tennessee Diving Invitational starting Thursday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

The diving-only competition begins at 11:30 a.m. with the men's 1-meter springboard and women's 3-meter springboard preliminaries. Finals featuring 12 divers will follow directly after. Admission is free to all sessions.

Divers from 15 schools will be competing this weekend, including seven from the Southeastern Conference: Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia, LSU and Missouri.

The meet is conducted similarly to the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, the national qualifying meet that the Vols will host in March. The intensive schedule of preliminaries followed by the finals marks that important meet, which determines which divers advance to the championship site.

Friday's competition starts at 11:30 a.m. with women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter springboards. Saturday features platform diving beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Reigning SEC Diver of the Year Tori Lamp headlines the Tennessee participants at the meet. Lamp, a Knoxville native, won the 2012 SEC platform title and took silver at the NCAAs. Saturday marks the second time this year that Tennessee will compete on the 10-meter platform, and Lamp says she looks forward to putting together a more consistent performance from her November effort.

On the men's side, senior Brent Sterling has posted career bests in all three diving events this year, including a score of 407.45 on the 3 meter, the ninth-best score in program history.

The competitive field looks to be a strong one with two 2012 Olympic medalists from Duke are scheduled to compete: Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory. Johnston took silver in 3-meter synchronized diving, and McCrory earned bronze in the 10-meter syncro event.

Tennessee last hosted its home diving meet in 2011. Instead of holding a meet at home last year, the UT diving squad traveled to Athens, Ga., for the Georgia Diving Invitational and Shootout.





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