Lamp, UT Heads into Grand Prix Weekend

May 9, 2013

Diver Tori Lamp is set to represent the United States this weekend at the FINA USA Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Tennessee's swimmers are also set for their first action since the NCAA Championships, with 14 members of the team registered to compete at the Charlotte UltraSwim, part of the USA Swimming Grand Prix series.

Lamp, who was crowned the CSCAA National Diver of the Year after her performance at NCAAs, was one of four divers picked to represent Team USA on the 10-meter platform, her signature event. Lamp is also set to compete against the international field in platform synchronized diving.

The preliminaries for the platform starts Friday at 12:45 p.m. with the semifinals later in the evening. Finals are on Sunday. The synchronized diving competition is Saturday.

"Tori has been out here in Fort Lauderdale training alongside some of the world's best divers in preparation for the event," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "She has been gaining invaluable experience in this environment and is ready to step up and compete.

"The competition and training here this week will certainly give her much needed international experience but will also provide a good amount of outdoor diving in preparation for next week's World Championship Trials, which are also outdoors in Tallahassee. It is quite different from indoor diving."

This is Lamp's first competition since NCAAs, where she made the top eight in all three diving competitions, including a silver medal finish on platform. She defended her platform title at the SEC Championships on her way to earned SEC Diver of the Year honors.

A number of UT swimmers are heading East this weekend for the Charlotte UltraSwim in North Carolina. The meet started Thursday but the first full day of competition is Friday and runs until Sunday.

The meet is measured in long course meters, rather than the short-course yardage of college races.

Four members of the Lady Vols' three NCAA relay championship teams are set to race: Kelsey Floyd, Lindsay Gendron, Molly Hannis and Caroline Simmons. Gendron earned All-America honors in all seven of her events at NCAAs, while Floyd was part of Tennessee's first three NCAA gold-winning efforts.

Junior Samuel Rairden headlines the men's list. Rairden was a three-time silver medalist in his trio of individual events at SECs: the 100 freestyle, the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly.





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