Jan. 2, 2014
INSIDE THE MEETATHENS, Ga. -- The Tennessee diving squad returns to competition this weekend with the Georgia Diving Invitational at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The three-day meet starts Friday morning at 11 a.m. with preliminary rounds of the women's 1-meter spring and men's 3-meter springboard. Finals will follow.
At 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the top six divers from the springboard events will compete in the Bulldog Shootout. In this unique competition, divers call out what dive they will compete and after each round, the diver with the lowest score is eliminated until only one diver remains.
Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said the meet's championship format helps his divers as they prepare for the conference and national meets ahead. The Southeastern Conference Championships are next month on the very same boards. The Georgia Diving Invitational features six other SEC teams: host Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Missouri and Kentucky. A total of 14 schools are entered in the meet.
This weekend is the first competition for the diving squad since the Georgia Tech Invitational on Nov. 22-24. It was a combined swimming and diving event, while this is the first diving-only meet for the three Tennessee freshmen.
Redshirt senior Tori Lamp, the reigning national and SEC diver of the year, is scheduled to dive all three events this weekend. She was limited to just the 1-meter springboard at the Georgia Tech because of a shoulder injury. This weekend could mark Lamp's first platform competition since reaching the finals of the FINA World Championships in August.
Redshirt sophomore Mauricio Robles, who has won 1-meter and 3-meter competitions five times each this season, returned to Mexico earlier this week to attend the funeral of a family member. Parrington said Robles could possibly be available for the platform competition. Robles has only competed on platform once this season, winning at Georgia Tech with a score of 380.30.
Samantha Lera has put together a strong start to her sophomore season. She posted career bests on both springboard events (294.15 on 1-meter; 310.90 on 3-meter) to close out the fall semester at Georgia Tech. She has placed in the top four in every diving competition this year.
ORDER OF EVENTSFRIDAY (11 a.m. start)
Women's 1-meter prelims
Men's 3-meter prelims
Women's 1-meter finals
Men's 3-meter finals
Shootout (6 p.m.)
Women's 3-meter prelims
Men's 1-meter prelims
Women's 3-meter finals
Men's 1-meter finals
Shootout (6 p.m.)
(No prelims for platform)
Men's Platform final (10 a.m.)
Women's Platform final (2 p.m.)