Jan. 2, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXIVLLE, Tenn. - UT diving coach Dave Parrington will take four Lady Vol divers to Athens, Ga., to compete at the Georgia Diving Invitational and Shootout from Sunday to Tuesday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Junior Jill Pierce, sophomores Jodie McGroarty and Gabrielle Trudeau, and freshman Skye Sanders will kick off 2010 diving against opponents from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia, Navy, Iowa State, Penn State, Rider, Drexel, SMU and East Carolina.
The event has a similar format to upcoming championship meets. Springboard prelims will start at 11 a.m. Sunday and Monday, with finals beginning at 1:45 p.m. and a shootout for the top six divers at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, there will be one round of platform competition.
"I am excited to get back the divers into competition after a long break which has included exams followed by a good pre-Christmas training camp and more recently a short week of preparation for this meet," Parrington said. "The divers seem to be ready to go against some of our familiar foes from the SEC as well as some teams from other parts of the country which will prepare us well for the upcoming championship season. I always view this meet as competitive training and look forward to seeing how we compare and compete under championship-type conditions in a three-day format."
In the shootout, each diver will do a dive of her choice with the competitor with the lowest score from each round eliminated until two divers remain. The order of each round is determined by the scores from the previous round with the best score going last. There are five groups and each diver will call out her dive before she goes and cannot repeat a group.
McGroarty and Trudeau will both be threats to win on the springboard events. At the UT Diving Invitational, from Nov. 19-21, the second-year stars finished top-three and nabbed season-bests and `B'-cuts in all of their events.
Trudeau finished second on the 1-meter (292.30), third on the 3-meter (318.75) and third on the platform (263.05). McGroarty placed second on the 3-meter (337.90) and third on the 1-meter (273.55).
McGroarty, a native of Sheffield, England, ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference in the 3-meter, while Trudeau sits in fourth in the platform and eighth in the 1-meter.
After competing at the Georgia Diving Invitational, the divers will join the rest of the Tennessee women's swimming and diving team in Charlottesville, Va., on Jan. 9, for a dual meet versus Virginia.