March 13, 2004
ATHENS, Ga.-- The Tennessee men's diving team added another event to its NCAA arsenal Saturday by competing on the one-meter board at Gabrielsen Natatorium on the University of Georgia's campus.
Freshman Jevon Tarantino and junior Phillip Jones qualified for nationals on the one-meter board. The two, having already qualified on the three-meter Friday, only had to compete in the one-meter competition to be able to participate in the event at the NCAA championships.
"I am very pleased with the performance today, it was an excellent job all around," diving coach Dave Parrington said. "Both guys (Tarantino and Jones) will be a major players at nationals but both have some things to improve on."
Tarantino took third place with a score of 700.75 points, a career-high and only 12 points behind first place finisher Chris Colwill of Georgia. Jones, who is still recovering from the flu, finished eighth with 628.00. Andy Bradley of South Carolina was second with 703.70.
"I tried to stay solid and consistent," Tarantino said. "Of my two optional lists, my first was alright and I missed a dive. My second optional list was solid."
Tarantino will try to secure another spot at the NCAA meet when he competes Sunday morning on the platform. As a team, the Vols' next competition is the NCAA Championships March 25-27 in Long Island, N.Y.