3-meter | 1-meterThe Tennessee men’s diving team traveled to Athens, Ga., this week to compete in the Georgia Diving Invitational at the Gabrielsen Natatorium. The meet started Thursday with the three-meter boards, followed by Friday on the one-meter boards and concluded Saturday on the platform. The Invitational included top SEC foes such as Auburn, Georgia and Florida along with some tough non-conference opponents such as Pittsburg, Purdue and Southern Methodist.
After Georgia Tech opted to omit the diving competition from Friday’s dual meet against the Yellow Jackets, UT diving Coach Dave Parrington and his divers, in a last-minute decision, chose instead to compete in Georgia.
“Overall, I was pleased to come and dive in a highly competitive field of divers,” Parrington said. “A large number of teams from the SEC were here which provided good opportunity for Ryan Rincon in all three events because he was unable to compete in Texas. We really needed some practice in a meet like this.”
On Thursday, senior Rincon led the way with a 15th-place finish on the three-meter boards, marking a score of 273.90. Chris Davis scored 237.00 points in 25th-place. Michael Muscari did not participate due to an injury.
“Muscari’s was suffering from an injury,” Parrington said. “He was just cleared by the doctor Friday. We were just glad to get him back on the boards and back into the swing of the season.”
Friday saw Rincon achieve the highest mark in the one-meter competition, as he placed 20th with 246.70 points. Davis and Muscari followed in a not-too-distant 24th and 25th, respectively. The judges scored Davis with a 240.95 and Muscari with a 232.30.
“Rincon did well and it was good practice for the SEC Championships,” Parrington said. “Davis performed well on the one-meter and showed definite improvement over the course of the meet. He would have made finals if all first attempts had been as consistently good as his last couple of dives.”
Saturday’s platform conclusion was Rincon’s best day of the meet as he advanced to finals, placing sixth overall with a score of 297.80. Davis dove to a 16th-place finish and 216.50 points. Muscari did not compete on the platform.
“On the platform, we’re trying to get Chris more experience,” Parrington said. “This was Rincon best platform meet since conference championships last year. He hadn’t been on the platform in a long time. The platform ended the meet well although we didn’t finish particularly well in all events. We gained some good experience and it was certainly good to get Muscari back on board.”
The swimming and diving Volunteers return to action when the Indiana Hoosiers come to Knoxville on Jan. 18. The meet is slated to start at 1 p.m.