June 20, 2012
June 17-18 Sync. Diving
June 19 Platform (M), 3m (W)
June 20 3m (M), Platform (W)
June 21-22 Sync. Diving
June 23 Platform (M), 3m (W)
June 24 3m (M), Platform (W)
Tennessee rising junior Tori Lamp and former All-American Michael Wright both held their position in the final round of their events at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash.
Lamp finished fifth in the platform with a three-round score of 948.25. Brittany Viola and Katherine Bell finished first and second to earn spots on the U.S. Olympic Team with 1,081.50 and 1,024.40 points respectively.
Lamp started the day 62.60 behind second place, meaning she needed a near career day to put her in contention for a spot in the Olympics.
"Tori had a solid day on the platform, but she was never able to really get it going today as I'd hoped she would," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "She really needed to catch fire today to gain ground on the competition. The door opened for her a little bit but she wasn't able to get the dives she needed. There were little mistakes here and there, but overall, I was very proud. This experience should bode well for her down the road."
Wright stayed in 12th place on the 3-meter springboard, wrapping up his three-round cumulative score of 1,105.55.
The competition came down to the wire for the Olympic team spots with the three top divers separated by less than three points entering the final dive. Christopher Colwill finished first with 1,457.45 and Troy Dumais was second with 1,448.35 to grab the other Olympic spot. Kristian Ipsen was third with 1,447.10.
"I thought Mike gave a really solid effort today in what was an exciting competition and probably a historic Olympic trials," Parrington said. "I'm proud of him to have made the finals and be a part of such an event."
While the Tennessee divers are finished with the Olympic trials, the swimmers are just getting started. Seventeen current and former UT swimmers will be in action starting monday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Both divers advanced through two full rounds of diving Wednesday. On the platform, Lamp moved up from sixth to fifth place by the end of the semifinals with atwo-round combined score score of 641.15. Wright rallied for the 12th and final spot in the finals of the 3-meter springboard with a score of 721.05.
The men's 3-meter finals will be held Sunday at noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern) with the women's platform to follow. The competition will be televised on NBC.
A top-two finish for Lamp would book her ticket for the London Olympics as part of Team USA. She is currently 62.60 points behind second, while Brittany Viola leads all competitors with a score of 734.30.
"There are five dives to go on Sunday and Tori will need to throw caution to the wind and compete as if she has nothing to lose," Parrington said. "The odds may be stacked against her at this point, but in platform diving there can be huge swings of points and placements on a single dive, especially in crunch situations, and Sunday is one of those. I've asked her to come out blazing and put as much pressure on the leaders as she can and see what happens."
Needing to finish within the top 18 to earn a spot in the semifinals, Lamp started the day with a five-round preliminary score 314.65. Out of her five dives in the prelims, Lamp tallied 62 or more points four times.
In the semifinals, theKnoxville native climbed one spot up the leaderboard to fifth after a combined score of 641.15. Lamp's semifinal score was 326.50, rating fourth in the Lady Vol record books.
"Tori did another solid job in semis, moving up to fifth place but lost some ground to the topthree divers in particular," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "She didn't really miss anything but needed to be sharper to stay with the leaders. Unlike Tori, who is a trials rookie, the top three have all competed in previous Olympic Trials, and their experience in this environment certainly showed."
Wright qualified for the evening semifinals with a 12th-place score of 352.40, but slid down the standings after missing his second dive and netting 46.50. Needing to be in the top 12 to advance, Wright was in 14th place before attempting his sixth and last dive of the semifinals.
Wright got just what he needed on his final dive, scoring a 66.30 to climb back to 12th place and assuring him a spot in the finals.
"This is such an exciting moment for Mike to be qualified as one of the final 12 divers in the USA fighting for an Olympic spot," Parrington said. "I couldn't be more proud of him as he competed hard and scrapped all day."
Wright is out of reach of the leading trio of Kristian Ipsen, Troy Dumais and Christopher Colwill, who each have a score of at least 950.
Ryan Helms' Olympic Trials run ended in the first round of preliminaries. The SEC Diver of the Year missed on his third and fourth dives to finish with a score of 335.95, good for 19th place.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Three divers with University of Tennessee ties will compete this week at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash., for an opportunity to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Former Vols Ryan Helms and Michael Wright will both be in action in the 3-meter springboard competition on Wednesday, while Tori Lamp, a rising redshirt junior for the Lady Vols, will take to the platform on the same day. The top 18 finishers will advance to the quarterfinals, with the top 12 moving on to the semifinals later in the day.
"To get anybody qualified for the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials is certainly a huge honor," Tennessee Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "We have three divers who achieved the opportunity to be able to dive in the U.S. Olympic Trials, which is one of the toughest trials. I'm very proud of Mike, Ryan and Tori and the fact that they are vying for that opportunity is just an awesome thing."
If any of the Tennessee divers finish in the top 12, they will advance to the finals on Sunday in hopes of finishing in the top two and traveling to London as members of Team USA. The scores of each round will carry over into the next, meaning the scores will be cumulative and not reset after each round.
Wright, who exhausted his eligibility after the 2010-11 season ranks second all-time in Tennessee history on the 3-meter boards, while Helms, the reigning 2012 Southeastern Conference Male Diver of the Year, ranks fourth in the record books in the event.
"It is a really good and deep field so Mike and Ryan are going to have to be on their game," Parrington said. "They are certainly not favorites to make the team because a few guys have kind of separated themselves, but they certainly have done enough to show that they are capable of making the finals. Anybody that makes the finals is a world-level diver and on any given day, something exciting can happen."
Lamp holds the school record in the platform, won the event at the conference meet and finished runner up at the NCAA Championships. She is also the 2012 SEC Female Diver of the Year and represented Team USA at the Canada Cup with Helms.
"I've looked at the field and Tori has competed and beaten every single diver at one time or another," Parrington explained. "Now the trick is to get up and do it three times. She is certainly capable but some things have to go right and she has to be able to withstand some pressure she hasn't had before. I expect Tori to be able to step up and I'm excited about her chances."
NBC Sports Network will have coverage of both events Wednesday, as the action will be televised from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET. The finals of both events will air Sunday from 3-6 p.m. A full broadcast schedule can be found here.
After a round is complete, results are available on DiveMeets.com.