KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Jodie McGroarty wrapped up the Lady Vols’ 1-3 finish in the 3-meter springboard Thursday at the Tennessee Diving Invitational at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
McGroarty scored big on her final dive to move into first place in the finals with a score of 331.55. Junior Tori Lamp took third in 308.45. The two entered the final rounds after finishing first and second in the preliminaries.
“[McGroarty] and [Lamp] going 1-2 in the prelims was outstanding, and I fully expected them to be right up there,” diving coach Dave Parrington said.
Freshman Samantha Lera made sure Tennessee was well-represented in the final eight. She also made the finals out of the 51-diver preliminaries, finishing 12th in 238.15.
“I was really really pleased that [Lera] showed a lot of composure against an excellent field of divers and a large field of divers to stay in the mix and make the finals was a really big step for her in her career,” Parrington said.
In the men’s competition, senior Brett Sterling took eighth on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 315.40. The competition was a close one; he was less than two points away from finishing second.
“[Sterling] did some really good stuff,” Parrington said. “He did some things that we’ve been working on, and I was really pleased with that. He made a couple little mistakes in his hurdle, which really cost him in the final. We’ve got to keep building on what he did [Thursday].”