Feb. 2, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee got off to a good start today at the Southeastern Conference Diving Championships by earning a fourth-place score of 19 points thanks in part to juniors Lauren LeRoy and Vicky Linnell. LeRoy represented The Big Orange in the three-meter finals competition after registering 283.30 points for sixth place in the preliminaries.
The Oshkosh, Wis., native continuously improved through the first five dives in the finals, earning 45.60 points on her first and 58.80 points on her fifth. She averaged 52.72 points per dive. Her final score of 316.30 put her out of the top three by a mere 2.1 points. Auburn's Corey Gerlach claimed the gold with a 354.00 total.
"It was a really good competition and I'm ecstatic," LeRoy said. "It comes down to every dive. "You may miss a couple, but you fight back. I'm really happy, but I can always do better.
"I'm usually a little more comfortable on one-meter than three-meter so I'm really excited about tomorrow."
"I'm very pleased with Lauren's performance tonight," Lady Vol Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "She was a little off on her first two dives, they weren't misses, but could have been better. She came back and competed really well so I was pleased with that."
Linnell earned four points for Tennessee after placing 13th in the preliminaries with a 246.00 total.
Senior Brittany Fulmer scored 194.95 points to place her in 21st.
Sophomore Staley McCartney overcame a slow start to finish strong with 35.00 points in her fifth dive and 42.00 points in her sixth. She finished 22nd with 187.60 points.
"I'm happy with the team's performance overall," Parrington said. "I was happy with Vicky's performance. She had a couple of misses to start with, but bounced back well and scored points for the team. I think Brittany and Staley were a little nervous and struggled on and off, but I think they will do much better tomorrow."
The Lady Vols will return to the water tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the one-meter preliminaries. The finals session is slated to begin at 6 p.m. ET.