April 23, 2014
Tori Lamp and coach Dave Parrington will be representing the United States at the FINA Diving World Series this weekend in London.
Parrington was selected as the head coach for the U.S. divers, and Lamp will compete on the 10-meter platform.
Lamp is part of an elite group of Americans on the trip, earning her spot in the competition after a top-10 finish at the FINA Diving World Championships last year in Barcelona, Spain. The United States also has competitors in the men's 10-meter platform, the men's and women's 3-meter synchronized springboard and the women's 10-meter synchronized platform.
Lamp, a Knoxville native, recently wrapped up her collegiate diving career at Tennessee, finishing with three consecutive SEC titles on the platform and seven All-America honors. She has been a member of USA Diving's 2016 Olympic Performance Squad the last two years.
This weekend is Parrington's first as head coach for a U.S. team since becoming an American citizen in 2011.
The London competition in the FINA Diving World Series is the third stop in the six-city tour. Competitions later this year will be held in Moscow; Windsor, Canada; and Monterrey, Mexico. Lamp is also scheduled to dive in Canada and Mexico.
WRIGHT INDUCTED INTO INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
Former Vol All-American diver Michael Wright was inducted last weekend into the Indian River State College Pioneer Hall of Fame.
Wright was a part of the Pioneers' NJCAA national championship swimming and diving teams in 2007 and 2008. He was the national junior college diver of the year in 2007 and 2008, setting the national records in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events.
His career as a Tennessee Vol is very distinguished as well. He was the 2011 SEC champion on the 1-meter springboard and placed fifth at NCAAs at the event. He remains Tennessee's school record holder on 1 meter (416.85).
While at Tennessee, he notably became the first African American to ever win a USA Diving national title when he won the 1-meter competition at the 2010 USA Diving Winter National Championships. He took 12th in the 3-meter competition at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials to finish his competitive career.
Wright is currently Tennessee's volunteer assistant diving coach and is the age-group coach for Tennessee Diving.