Feb. 13, 2011
On the final day of the 2011 SEC Diving Championships, three Vols made the finals of the men's platform at Florida's O'Connell Center Natatorium.
"To get three guys back in the finals of the platform was huge for this team," diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Mike and Ryan have been in that final before so it was good to see them back there. Jordan getting back into the final was a great effort on his part."
Junior Ryan Helms led the way for the Big Orange, finishing fourth with a 315.25-point score. Auburn's Daniel Mazzaferro, a previous SEC platform champion and SEC-meet record holder, won the platform with 475.20 points.
Sophomore Jordan Mauney had a strong performance, finishing fifth in his first SEC finals with 310.35 points.
"It felt great to make it back to finals--this was the first time I've made it back since I got to Tennessee," Mauney, a Signal Mountain, Tenn., native, said. "I got into the finals in eighth place, but I was able to finish fifth. It was just a great experience."
The diving portion of the SEC championships concludes with the Vols bringing home one gold and two silver medals, as well as the second spot in the team scoring standings. The Big Orange trails first-place Auburn 135-133.5. Florida is in third with 49 points.
"Anytime you can come home with a conference champion you have to be happy," Parrington said. "I am definitely pleased in that regard. We thought we could've perhaps done a little more than that, but I am very pleased with the weekend. It was a whole team effort and I thought it was a good performance. They bounced back today and put our swimmers in good position for their championships this week."
The 2011 SEC Swimming Championships are slated to begin Wednesday at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville.
1. Daniel Mazzaferro (AU) 475.20; 2. John Santeiu (AU) 362.95; 3. Greg Ferrucci (UK) 336.00; 4. Ryan Helms (UT) 315.20; 5. Jordan Mauney (UT) 310.35; 6. Michael Wright (UT) 301.25; 7. Anthony Lewark (UF) 297.05; 8. Thad Ellis (AU) 294.75; 9. Adam Booher (UA) 306. 25; 10. Mike Lewark (UF) 304.45; 11. Daniel Helm (LSU) 291.00; 12. Brian Gemberling (LSU) 285.20; 13. Peter Hillyer (UA) 285.10; 14. Christopher Jones (UF) 283.40; 15. Adam Godzinski (AU) 281.95; 16. Alex Watson (UGA) 271.15
1. Auburn 135; 2. Tennessee 133.5; 3. Florida 49; 4. LSU 47.5; 5. Alabama 43; 6. Kentucky 42; 7. Georgia 15; 8. South Carolina 0