May 19, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tennessee diver Tori Lamp took a big step in her competitive career Sunday, winning the platform competition at the U.S. World Championships Trials.
With the victory, Knoxville-native Lamp will represent the United States on the 10-meter platform at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, from July 31-August 4.
Leading by 49.25 points after Thursday's preliminaries and semifinals, Lamp held on for a three-round score of 1041.30. Amy Cozad placed second with a score of 1032.70 and also made the U.S. team.
"This is a great step forward in Tori's career," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "It's a huge moment to make the World Championships. It puts her among among some of the Tennessee diving greats to represent their country at the international level."
Lamp is the third Lady Vol diver to make the U.S. team for the World Championships. Tracy Bonner and Kathy Pesek took silver at the 1998 meet in 3-meter synchronized diving.
On Sunday, Lamp had to deal with leading through nearly a three-day layoff.
"First of all, she did what she needed to do," Parrington said. "It was an unusual position to be in, sitting on a 49-point lead for three days. I wasn't quite sure how she would react. We started like it was a new contest."
She hit her first two dives for big points and then scored a 67.20 on her third dive -- an inward 3 1/2 somersault tuck -- one that she has struggled with in past meets.
"The third dive that has haunted her, but she hit that dive every round this week," Parrington said. "It was a round where Tori really needed to answer after the diver before her hit her dive. She did it for 7.5s. I was really proud of how she competed. After that dive, it was just about taking care of the last two dives, and she brought it to the clubhouse so to speak."
This year has shaped up to be a special one for Lamp, who was named the CSCAA National Diver of the Year after making the finals at the NCAA Championships in all three events. She was also voted the SEC Diver of the Year for the second-consecutive season.