Tarantino Runner-Up on 3-Meter at SEC Championships

Feb. 12, 2005

The Tennessee men's diving team was well represented Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., at the SEC championships with sophomore Jevon Tarantino finishing second on the 3-meter board with 579.60 points.

Tarantino bettered his 2004 3-meter performance by more than 60 points. Last year he finished ninth with 516.35.

"Jevon provided some of the greatest excitements of the evening with 94 points on his final dive, which is exceptional," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He (Tarantino) scored 94 on the reverse three and a half, which is generally considered one of the toughest dives in the world.

"Jevon is certainly on the path back (from injury), and should be powerful at the NCAAs given his performances tonight," Parrington said. "I am very pleased with where we are after Jevon bouncing back from yesterday's result."

Tarantino was runner-up to Chris Colwill of Georgia who won with 627.30. Colwill also won the 1-meter crown on Friday.

"Colwill continues to perform at a high level, and he is a very outstanding diver," Parrington added.

Junior John Venditti finished 15th for the second consecutive day with 441.65 on the 3-meter.

"John (Venditti) was steady today, and I am pleased with his performance," Parrington said.

The championships conclude Sunday with the platform competition. Preliminaries begin at 1 p.m. with finals following at 4 p.m.





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