March 12, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
ATLANTA - Lady Vol sophomore divers Jodie McGroarty and Gabrielle Trudeau qualified for the 1-meter board finals and finished 11th and 13th, respectively, in the event on Friday at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
The top three placers on the 1-meter earned spots to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, held next week at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
In the prelims, McGroarty scored 253.05, while Trudeau tallied 257.30, as both finished within the top-18 threshold for the afternoon finals sessions.
McGroarty scored 257.90 in the finals and finished with a 510.95 total en route to 11th-place. Trudeau earned a 248.95 mark in the finals for a 506.25 total to finish 13th.
Duke's Abby Johnston won the 1-meter board (636.00), while Florida's Kara Salamone (585.25) finished second and Georgia's Hannah Moore (572.55) placed third.
An order of priority between the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events is used to qualify the divers for the national meet. Whenever a diver earns a priority spot, the rest of their performances from the weekend are skipped to the next priority spot. The scores from the trials and finals will both count and be added together for a final total. Eight divers will be selected to continue their seasons in West Lafayette next week.
Saturday's 3-meter competition prelims begin at 11 a.m., with the finals starting at 1:15 p.m. The women's platform prelims will kick off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and the finals will start at 11:30 a.m.
Live results will be posted at divemeets.com.
At the 2009 Zone B Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., Trudeau, then a freshman, snagged the 10th and final spot at the national championships from the region by placing third on the platform.
McGroarty and Trudeau are trying to join the 11 Tennessee women's swimmers who have already been selected to compete at the 2010 national championships.