Jan. 3, 2012
Senior Ryan Helms and freshman Mauricio Robles finished second and third on the 3-meter springboard Tuesday at the Georgia Diving Invitational at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
Helms posted a preliminary and final score of 746.85 to earn second place. His 6-dive score of 393.95 in the finals was his third score above 390 this season.
Robles also excelled in the finals with a 387.50 score - his second-best total in his young career -- to get a combined score of 733.20 and a third-place finish.
"We had a very solid day," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "We weren't as super sharp as we could have been, but considering time off and all the work we did getting back in just a few days, I was pleased. There are things we need to buckle down on, but for the most part, I'm happy with today's performance."
The Vols' top two finishers also performed well during shootout competition between the best six divers, the hallmark of the Georgia event. In a unique event in which the diver with the lowest score gets eliminated after every round, Robles was second and Helms was fourth.
Competition at the Georgia Diving Invitational continues Wednesday with the men's 1-meter springboard and the women's 3-meter competition.
Georgia Diving Invitational
1. Greg Ferrucci, UK, 760.25; 2. Ryan Helms, UT, 746.85; 3. Mauricio Robles, UT, 733.20; 4. Matthew Vieke, LSU, 706.75; 5. John Santeiu, Auburn, 607.15; 6. Daniel Helm, LSU, 692.90 ... 10. Brent Sterling, UT, 636.60 ... 13. Jordan Mauney, UT, 598.10.