Jan. 23, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time in three weeks, junior diver Lauren LeRoy has been voted the Southeastern Conference Diver of the Week as announced on Wednesday by the conference office. On Saturday, LeRoy swept both the one- and three-meter events in Tennessee's 141-102 loss to sixth-ranked Georgia, setting career bests from each height in the process.
LeRoy was also voted this period's Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for her stellar diving performances on Saturday.
Her score of 310.35 from the one-meter tops her previous career high by 21.05 points and lifts her to third on the all-time Lady Vol list. It was also 37.28 points higher than second-place Vicky Linnell. LeRoy's tally of 319.51 from the three-meter makes her the sixth-best performer in school history from that height. Both scores are team highs and crushed the NCAA zone qualifying standards (265 one-meter, 280 three-meter).
The conference honor marks the second time in her career she has received such an award with both occurrences coming this season. LeRoy was selected the SEC Diver of the Week for the week of Dec. 30- Jan. 7 for her sweep of the diving events at Northwestern and her impressive performance at the Georgia Diving Invitational (Jan. 3-5). That event saw the junior take first in the one-meter and one-meter shootout. She was previously named the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week on Oct. 23, 2006, for convincingly winning the diving portion of the Louisville meet.
The Oshkosh, Wis., product has had an outstanding year by accumulating 10 NCAA zone qualifying scores and nine first-place finishes. Prior to Saturday's performance, she swept the diving events in the Lady Vols' first meet versus Louisville (Oct. 20) and at Northwestern (Jan. 6). She earned the title from the one- and three-meter boards at the Minnesota Invite (Nov. 17-19) and was seventh on the platform. One of the highlights of the year for LeRoy was her first-place finish and shootout win from one meter at the Georgia Diving Invitational on Jan. 4.
LeRoy and the rest of the Lady Vols will conclude their regular season on Friday when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the No. 9 Gators.