July 24, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain -- Tennessee rising senior Tori Lamp came through twice when facing elimination Wednesday to reach the 10-meter platform final at the FINA World Championships.
Lamp scored 312.25 points to finish ninth in the semifinals to earn her spot in the championship round, a score that required a big performance on her last dive.
After scoring just 47.85 points in the fourth round, Lamp found herself tied for 12th with only one dive to go. Only 12 of the 18 divers would advance.
The situation was hardly new territory for Lamp, who has captured gold with record-setting performances on platform at the SEC Championships the last two years thanks to spectacular finishes. Even Wednesday morning, she needed a strong final dive to even advance out of the preliminaries. And like usual, she came through again in the semifinals on her most trusted dive.
She hit that fifth and final dive -- a back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists -- for 78.40 points. It was the best dive for any competitor int he final round.
"I could see the results. I knew I was 22nd in the prelims and tied for 12th in the semis (heading into the last round), so both times I knew I had to do a big dive to advance," Lamp said. "I've been in that same situation multiple times in the past few years, so I just took a deep breath and used that experience. I was a lot more confident in the afternoon. I was a little nervous in the preliminaries."
From there, it was a waiting game as she was the first of 18 divers in the competition order, and ultimately, she found her score held up for ninth place and a spot in the final.
Lamp dove first in the semifinals because she finished 18th in the preliminaries, once again on the bubble to advance. She missed several dives early on and was in 22nd place heading into the last round. Her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists earned 72 points, and after waiting (she was the third diver in a preliminary field off 36), she found it was enough to bump her up to 18th (279.25) for the final spot into the semifinals.
"Tori went from barely qualifying for semis earlier today to competing like a seasoned international competitor in the semis and moving up to ninth and qualifying for tomorrow's final," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "She was less nervous and dived with much more confidence this afternoon. Like this morning, she needed a big dive at the end as she was in a tie for 12th going into the final round. Diving first in the order, she put the pressure on her foes by putting up 78 points which proved to be enough to move her up in the field to ninth.
Now Lamp can turn her attention to the final round, which will be held Thursday.
"The beauty is she hit some big key dives but still was a little off which means she has a chance to move up again tomorrow," Parrington said. "This is an ideal opportunity to insert a new bigger dive in the secondslot of her list, which she's excited to do. She is going to just let it fly and see what happens."