July 25, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain -- Rising senior Tori Lamp finished 10th in the platform finals Thursday at the FINA World Championships.
After jumping out to a strong start by hitting her first and most difficult dive, Lamp finished her five-dive list with a score of 301.20. Yajie Si of China won the competition with a score of 392.15.
"I'm really proud of Tori's 10th-place finish today at the World Championships," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "This type of exposure diving in a field which included the gold and bronze medalists from London is so important for her as it is for our program.
"We can't wait to build on it and move to yet another level, as she knows she is now in the same league as the world's premier divers."
The beginning turned out to be the highlight of Lamp's afternoon. She scored 82.80 points on her armstand back double somersault with 2 1/2 twists to start the competition. With a 3.6 degree of difficult, the dive was the most difficult performed by any of the platform finalists.
"I was really pleased with how that dive went for me. It's honestly not that hard for me to do, but I haven't been consistent with it," Lamp said.
Lamp made some mistakes on her middle three dives, scoring 55.50 points or less in the second through fourth rounds before closing out her list with 72 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists. "I competed my front 3 ½ pike for the first time in three years, and my inward and back dives were a little off," Lamp said. "I made some mistakes and know I have a lot to work on, but I'm still happy with how I did."
Lamp changed her diving list from the previous rounds Wednesday, subbing in the front 3 1/2 pike as her second dive.
"I was very pleased with her second dive, which was a new one and will help her big time down the road," Parrington said. "Unfortunately, she dropped out of medal contention in rounds 3 and 4 but finished strong to place in the world's top 10. Quite a feat indeed."