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SEC Championships: Inside Diving



Feb. 14, 2012



With a senior who has medaled four times at conference meet and a freshman who leads the league in the platform, the Volunteers have strong expectations when the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships start Wednesday at home.

The meet begins at Allan Jones Aquatic Center at 10 a.m. with preliminary swimming. The first round of diving begins at 12:30 p.m. with the women's 1-meter event and the men's 3-meter springboard.

For some quick notes on the Vols diving in the meet:

HELMS' FINAL SECS
Even before his final postseason run, this much can be said for diver Ryan Helms: few Vols have had the career he has enjoyed the last four seasons.

Helms enters the SEC Championships as the current league leader in the 3-meter springboard, throwing down a score of 442.35 on Senior Day against Florida. He also ranks second in the 1-meter with a score of 387.97, and he posted his career-best score in the platform in January with a 344.95 total, the fourth-best in the conference.

What a year it has been for Helms. College accolades aside, he also punched his ticket for the US Olympic Trials by reaching the 3-meter finals of the USA Diving Winter Nationals. He was also selected to represent team USA in the Canada Cup.

As a junior last season, Helms enjoyed his best performance at the conference meet. He scored a second-place finish behind teammate Michael Wright in the 1-meter springboard. He picked up another silver in the 3-meter event.

A LEADING FRESHMAN
Freshman Mauricio Robles has only competed on the platform once this season, but it was enough to post the second-highest tower score in Tennessee program history. He recorded a conference-best six-dive score of 404.00 to take first-place at the Tennessee Fall Invitational.

Robles also has the fourth-highest score in the 3-meter with a 398.93 total to win the event at Georgia.

HOME-STATE JUNIORS
Tennessee's two in-state junior divers, Brent Sterling and Jordan Mauney, are off to their best seasons yet.

Sterling, from Knoxville, has posted career highs in all three diving events this season, especially excelling on the 3-meter, where he ranked seventh in the SEC with a score of 375.15. He's scored a 346.13 on the 1 meter and a 256.85 on the platform.

Mauney, from Signal Mountain, cracked the 300 score on the platform for the first time this year. He finished 11th in the Georgia Diving Invitational by putting together a score of 300.55 in January.

SEC Diving Schedule
Wednesday
Prelims:
12:30-4 p.m.
Women's 1-Meter Springboard
Men's 3-Meter Springboard
Finals: 5:30 p.m. (diving at 6 p.m.)
Women's 1-Meter Springboard
Men's 1-Meter Springboard

Thursday
Prelims:
12:30-4 p.m.
Women's 3-Meter Springboard
Men's 1-Meter Springboard
Finals: 5:30 p.m.
Women's 3-Meter Springboard
Men's 1-Meter Springboard

Friday
Prelims:
12:30-4 p.m.
Men's Platform
Finals: 6 p.m. (diving is the sixth event)
Men's Platform

Saturday
Prelims:
12:30-4 p.m.
Women's Platform
Finals: 6 p.m. (diving is the sixth event)
Women's Platform

 

 

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