Feb. 3, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the second straight day, junior Lauren LeRoy represented the University of Tennessee in the diving finals at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Lexington, Ky. Her 319.75 points placed her second in the one-meter competition after claiming fourth in last night's three-meter finals with a score of 316.30, a mere 2.1 points shy of third place.
"I am very pleased with Lauren's performance tonight," Lady Vol Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "Obviously you want to win the event, but she was really excellent tonight. It was not a matter of making mistakes, she dove well, a career best by no doubt."
In the finals, LeRoy consistently ranked in the top three after all six rounds. She tied with Kentucky's Taryn Ignacio for the top spot after round one, dropped to third after round two and remained in second after her remaining four dives. Ignacio was the overall winner after posting a 333.90 total, an SEC and Lancaster Aquatic Center record.
LeRoy, from Oshkosh, Wis., advanced to the finals after placing third in the morning's preliminaries with 292.45 points. She has six first-place finishes from the one-meter board this season in addition to the shootout title she earned at the Georgia Diving Invitational and Shootout from Jan. 3-5.
Her second-place showing is the highest she has ever achieved at the SEC Championships and follows an eighth-place performance (268.35) from the same height last year. It is also the highest placement by a UT diver since Jaime Sanger swept the one- and three-meter events in 2003.
Senior Brittany Fulmer scored points for Rocky Top by placing 15th with a 226.00 total in the 23-woman field.
"I'm extremely excited about Brittany Fulmer's performance," Parrington said. "She scored two points for the team, her first time being able to score at SEC Championships."
The diving portion of the 2007 SEC Championships concludes tomorrow with the platform competition. The women's preliminaries are slated to begin at 11 a.m., with the finals taking place at 2:30 p.m. ET.