March 13, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
ATLANTA - Lady Vol sophomore diver Jodie McGroarty snagged ninth-place on the 3-meter board on Saturday at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Classmate Gabrielle Trudeau grabbed 18th-place in the springboard event, as well, as both UT competitors qualified for the 18-person final for the second straight day.
McGroarty and Trudeau finished 11th and 13th, respectively, on the 1-meter board on Friday.
On Saturday, McGroarty scored 280.10 in the prelims of the 3-meter before earning a 301.80 mark in the afternoon finals to capture a 581.90 total.
Trudeau scored 271.50 in the prelims before totaling 275.95 in the finals for a 547.45 mark.
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, Ind., next week.
Neither Lady Vol diver has earned one of the coveted eight spots and the opportunity to join their 11 teammates at the NCAA meet, yet.
Trudeau will have one last chance on Sunday in the platform event, where a finish in the top-two would stamp her ticket to NCAAs.
At the 2009 Zone B Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., Trudeau, then a freshman, snatched the 10th and final spot at the national championships from the region by placing third on the tower.
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.
Duke's Abby Johnston won her second event of the meet on Saturday, taking the 3-meter title with a score of 724.00. Alabama's Carrie Dragland (688.55) was second, while South Carolina's Taryn Zack (669.30) finished third.