March 14, 2003
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tennessee sophomore Phillip Jones earned his second trip to compete at the NCAA Championships today by finishing fourth on the one-meter at the NCAA Zone B Championships in Auburn, Ala.
To advance to the NCAAs, you must be one of the top five finishers on either the 1- or 3-meter and one of the top three finishers on the platform. However, once you place in one of those slots, your score in the other events is counted as an exhibition score, though you must dive on all three levels to be invited to the NCAA Championships.
Jones scored 651.15 points, just edging out Florida's Zach Wilcox (650.00) for fourth-place. Winning the competition was Clayton Moss (725.00) of Kentucky, followed by South Carolina's Andy Bradley (700.45) and Georgia's Kris Daugherty (669.70).
"I am pleased with Phil's performance today," head diving coach Dave Parrington said. "He missed a dive early in the round and chipped his way back into contention. He now has a spot for the NCAAs and will compete in the other events to ensure his participation."
Senior co-captain Jake Dorsey placed 20th with a score of 257.75, while sophomore Sal Vilardo did not compete due to a hand injury. In warm-ups, Vilardo hit the board with his hand and was forced to withdraw.
Tomorrow the diving continues with the three-meter springboard event.