Feb. 11, 2005
The Tennessee men's diving team struggled Friday on the first day of the SEC Diving Championships in Gainesville, Fla., as sophomore Jevon Tarantino led the way with a ninth-place finish on the 1-meter board.
"I must say I am disappointed in the event today," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Jevon started out on fire with his first three dives but started to struggle some. He missed some key dives and couldn't afford to slip up here. The quality of the field is outstanding with probably five of the top eight at the NCAA championships here competing."
Tarantino finished ninth in the 1-meter with 304.20 points, the same event he won last year as a freshman. Junior John Venditti finished 15th with 267.95.
"John (Venditti) doesn't have a big list built up yet, but he was extremely consistent today with a particularly fine effort," Parrington added.
Chris Colwill of Georgia finished the preliminaries with the top score of 368.80. The top eight finishers from the prelims continue on to the finals.
"Jevon needs to get positive for tomorrow's meet, and John needs to keep his consistent routine going," Parrington said.
Competition continues Saturday in the 3-meter competition with preliminaries beginning at noon. Finals begin at approximately 7 p.m. The championships conclude Sunday with the platform competition.