SEC Female Diver of the Year Tori Lamp
Feb. 21, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 2012 Southeastern Conference Swimming & Diving Championships may be in the books, but five members of the Tennessee swimming & diving program were recognized by the league for their efforts last week.
Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich was voted as the SEC Women's Coach of the Year, Dave Parrington was tabbed the conference's Men's and Women's Diving Coach of the Year, senior Ryan Helms earned the SEC Men's Diver of the Year honor, redshirt sophomore Tori Lamp was selected at the SEC Female Diver of the Year, while Mauricio Robles was named the league's Men's Freshman Diver of the Year.
After sharing the accolade in 2008, Kredich earned Coach of the Year after Tennessee put forth its best effort at the conference meet in over 20 years. In a second-place effort, the Lady Vols notched seven first-place finishes, broke eight school records, set three new conference standards and finished in the top three in 15 of the 21 events.
Parrington has now been named SEC Diving Coach of the Year a total of 10 times, seven of which came on the men's side. The Vols and Lady Vols combined for four of the six wins in diving events at the league meet.
The Vol divers enjoyed a historic week in their home pool, as Helms won the 3-meter and 1-meter titles on the first two days, followed by Robles notching the top spot on the platform. The sweep marked the the first time in program history that the UT men won all three events in the same year.
Lamp set a pair of records at the conference championships in the 3-meter competition and on the towers. The Knoxville native won the platform with a score of 335.50, which is also an SEC record. She claimed runner up on both the 1- and 3-meter boards.
Helms is the seventh Vol to be selected as the Diver of the Year, while Robles became the fourth Vol and first since Helms (2008) to be named the Freshman Diver of the Year. Lamp joins Lady Vol greats Kathy Pesek and Jamie Sanger as recipients of the women's honor.