Feb. 4, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior Vicky Linnell led the Tennessee squad on the final day of the SEC Diving Championships with a 10th-place 217.80 total from the platform. Linnell, from Prospect, South Australia, earned 60.90 points on her fourth dive, one of her best of the season. She missed the finals by a margin of 5.5 tallies.
"It was kind of a disappointing end today on the platform compared to some of the success the team, especially Lauren, had over the course of the meet," Lady Vol Head Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. "On a positive note, Lauren finished a little higher than I had expected on the platform.
"We certainly had expectations for Vicky to finish in the top eight. While she did some fantastic things, she was a little inconsistent which came to hurt her."
In the three events contested at the SEC Championships, Linnell contributed 11 points to Tennessee's total with today's performance and a 13th-place finish from the three-meter board on Friday.
Lauren LeRoy, who competed in the finals from both the one- and three-meter over the course of the weekend, missed today's cut by 9.4 points with a score of 213.55. She leaves Lexington, Ky., with a silver medal in the one-meter event (319.75), a fourth-place finish from the three-meter board (316.30) and a new season best from the platform. She scored in all three events, tallying 38 points for Rocky Top.
Senior Brittany Fulmer was the first Lady Vol off the platform this morning, as her list included five dives from the five-meter board. Her 172.70 point total, a season best for the Maryville, Tenn., native, earned her 17th place. In Saturday's one-meter event, the team co-captain earned her first points for the team in the SEC Championships by finishing 15th.
"Brittany's tower performance was a good one for her," Parrington said. "I honestly didn't expect her to score, but she came very close."
Staley McCartney had one of her best performances of the meet by scoring a 45.00 from the five-meter on her third dive in today's preliminaries. Her 157.60 put her in 18th place.
Over the course of the three-day meet, the Lady Vol divers tallied 54 points for the swimmers to build upon next week. The swimming team will take to the water on Wednesday in hopes to improve last year's fifth-place SEC finish.