June 10, 2004
Diving for their respected club teams, the duo was the first alternate team when the day started and ended up in second-place with 615.54 points. Jones and Tarantino decided to dive at the last minute after a team dropped out prior to the preliminary round. The Ventura, Calif., team of Justin and Troy Dumais grabbed the only synchronized spot by finishing first with 684.33.
"They (Jones and Tarantino) dove extremely well, very steady," UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. "The atmosphere was absolutely electric with a full house crowd. The Dumais brothers were spectacular this evening (Wednesday) and they would have been very hard to beat."
Troy Dumais, the leader going into Friday's finals on the three-meter, has already locked up a place on the U.S. Olympic Team so this will open up one spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. The favorites to take the open spot are Jones and Justin Wilcock of Gainesville, Fla. Less than a point separates the two going into the finals. Tarantino currently sits in seventh heading into Friday's finals.
Jones and Tarantino will be competing at 8 p.m. (EST) Friday for a chance on the U.S. Olympic Team.
TENNESSEE AQUATICS SENDS FOUR TO JANET EVANS INVITATIONAL
Seniors Andrew Bree and Raymond Rosal, junior Josh Fulton and sophomore Bryan Goldberg will be swimming this weekend for Tennessee Aquatics at the Janet Evans Invitational at the Long Beach (Calif.) Aquatics Event Center.
"Janet Evans is a major stepping stone for both the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games," UT head coach John Trembley said. "We expect Rosal to be at the top of his game and Bree to be near the top of his. Fulton and Goldberg need to swim fast unshaven."
Competition begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.