Jan. 4, 2007
ATHENS, Ga. - After a third-place performance in yesterday's three-meter event, Lauren LeRoy claimed the championship title from the one-meter with a score of 279.60 at the Georgia Diving Invitational and Shootout this afternoon. LeRoy has been dominant at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., by accumulating the most points in the one and three-meter preliminaries prior to her first and third-place finishes in the finals.
In the evening shootout session, the Oshkosh, Wis., native lasted the five rounds to win the title. The last Lady Vol to win the Georgia Diving Invitational Shootout was Lauryn McCalley.
"I'm really pleased with Lauren's performance today," Lady Vol Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "She had an excellent performance where she won the preliminaries and did well to win the finals. She put the icing on the cake by diving the best I've seen her dive this evening. It was a good performance from her all day long."
Bouncing back from a disappointing 17th-place 194.55 from the three-meter was junior Vicky Linnell. The Prospect, South Australia native, who has been battling a cold this week, moved up 10 spots to seventh with a score of 236.95 in the preliminaries before landing a 10th-place 224.40 in the finals.
"Vicky was coming off a rough day yesterday," Parrington said. "She really came in a dove a lot better. She was feeling better and that reflected in her performance today."
Senior Brittany Fulmer also improved on her 14th position yesterday by tallying 213.20 in the one-meter preliminaries to qualify for the finals. Fulmer, from Maryville, Tenn., finished with 213.10 points for 12th place overall.
"Yesterday, Brittany missed the finals by just one spot," Parrington said. "Today she was on the other side of that cut and qualified, which is a big achievement for her."
Sophomore Staley McCartney scored a 162.75 from the one-meter, good enough for 27th.
The three-day competition features divers from 12 schools, six of which have swimming and diving teams ranked in the top-25 poll by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Today's one-meter competition included 29 entrants.
The final day of the Georgia Diving Invitational and Shootout will consist of the platform diving event slated to begin at 11 a.m. The Lady Vols will be diving from the platform for just the second time this year.
|One-Meter Finals Results|
|3.||Haley Haynes||Iowa State||251.20|
|5.||Tien Tran||Iowa State||241.20|
|6.||Carrie Quinn||New Mexico||236.00|