March 5, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The number of Lady Vols competing at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships increased by one Monday, as Tennessee redshirt sophomore diver Tori Lamp earned a priority spot on the 1-meter boards at the Zone B Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala.
With just 10 spots available for the national meet, the Knoxville native finished fourth in the event with a combined score of 577.85. Her finish ranks 10th on the priority list and secures her a spot among the nation's best.
"It was a really exciting day for Tori," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "She stepped up on what is typically not her best event, and for her to be able to get herself qualified takes a lot of pressure off. The rest of the week will be spent preparing for the NCAA Championships and helping her teammates get qualified."
In the preliminary field of 43 divers, the top 18 moved on to the finals. Each of the top four competitors in the event will be in action at the national championships next week.
Auburn's Vennie Dantin won the event after a score of 594.55, Courtney Forcucci of South Carolina claimed runner-up (590.35) and Anna Aguero, also of Auburn, notched third (583.85).
Jodie McGroarty, a redshirt junior, placed sixth in the 1-meter competition after a tally of 573.05. Her score ranks her 15th on the priority list.
"Jodie had a very solid day," Parrington explained. "She was right in the battle and it was an extremely tight competition. I'm very proud of her and where she is standing now. If some of the other chips fall into place it can really benefit her. Although she's not in a great position, she is in a very solid position that we can build on."
Gabrielle Trudeau made it a perfect three-for-three in Lady Vols advancing to the finals, as the senior put forth a 16th-place score of 525.35.
"I'm hurting for Gaby, as she was diving pretty well but failed on her second to last dive and got zeros," Parrington said. "It is the nature of this meet and you just hope it doesn't happy to one of your team members. The positive side is that she is a strong on the platform and in the 3-meter competition."
Once a diver earns a priority spot, the rest of her performances are skipped. The priority process continues until 10 different divers appear on the list.
The 3-meter competition will take place tomorrow, as prelims start at 3:30 p.m. CT and finals are slated for 6 p.m.
The full priority list is below.
NCAA PRIORITY LIST
1. Winner of Platform
2. Winner of Three-meter
3. Vennie Dantin - Auburn (Winner of One-meter)
4. Second-place Three-meter
5. Courtney Forcucci - South Carolina (Second-place One-meter)
6. Third-place Three-meter
7. Anna Aguero - Auburn (Third-place One-meter)
8. Second-place Platform
9. Fourth-place Three-meter
10. Tori Lamp - Tennessee (Fourth-place One-meter)
11. Fifth-place Three-meter
12. Third-place Platform
13. Ariel Rittenhouse - Florida State (Fifth-place One-meter)
14. Sixth-place Three-meter
15. Jodie McGroarty - Tennessee (Sixth-place One-meter)
16. Fourth-place Platform
17. Seventh-place Three-meter
18. Paige McCleary - Alabama (Seventh-place One-meter)
19. Eighth-place Three-meter
20. Fifth-place Platform
21. Thea Vock - Miami (Eighth-place One-meter)
22. Ninth-place Three-meter
23. Kelsey Goodman - Florida State (Ninth-place One-meter)
24. Sixth-place Platform
25. 10th-place Three-meter
26. Jenna Moore - North Carolina (10th-place One-meter)
27. 11th-place Three-meter
28. Seventh-place Platform
29. Lindsay Lester - Miami (11th-place One-meter)
30. 12th-place Three-meter
31. Sabrina Beaupre - Florida International (12th-place One-meter)
KEY - NCAA qualifiers are bolded