Jan. 4, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. -- Tennessee's potent 1-2 punch of freshman Jevon Tarantino and junior Phillip Jones continued to impress Sunday at the Georgia Diving Invitational. In a meet that is considered by many a preview for the NCAA Championships, the Vols fared well by winning both events they competed in.
"I am really excited about how well both of our divers did today," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Both Jevon and Phillip turned it up a notch in the finals and had really great dives."
Tarantino continued his winning ways by bringing home the one-meter crown to go along with his three-meter win the day before. His score of 360.15 is his best performance of the year.
"I wasn't real happy with my preliminaries this morning and I came out and nailed everything this afternoon in the finals," Tarantino said. "It is great having Phillip here. We both just push and thrive off each other."
Returning All-America Jones turned in a great performance with 354.60, which was 12 points higher than third place.
"I am very pleased with how I performed on the one-meter today," Jones said. "It's great to have a teammate like Jevon here to work with so we can push each other to get better. He knows what it is like to compete in a big meet, and that is even more important when training in an Olympic year."
Dual off to good start-- Tennessee and Auburn staged the diving competition of the teams' Jan. 16 dual swimming and diving meet at Auburn Sunday because the Vols will be competing at the USA Diving World Cup trials in Charlotte, N.C., that day.