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    SEC Swimming Update - Thursday, 1/3

    Blank Places Eighth On 3-Meter At Tennessee Invitational

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- Ann-Perry Blank came in eighth on the women's 3-meter springboard to highlight Georgia's showing on Thursday in the Tennessee Diving Invitational at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

    Blank posted a score of 268.35 in the finals to come in eighth. During the prelims earlier in the day, Blank was 11th with 276.75 points.

    Laura Ryan came in 10th for the Lady Bulldogs with 255.20 points. Ryan's score counted just five of six dives as she missed her forward 3.5-somersault pike. Ryan took fourth in the prelims with 308.85 points.

    Also during the prelims, Darcie O'Brien placed 30th with 231.95 points, Ansley Long finished 31st with 227.70 points, Kelly Thatcher came in 38th with 205.05 points and Haley Goodman took 51st with 131.00 points.

    In the men's 1-meter springboard competition, the Bulldogs' Bobby Chambless came in 32nd in prelims with 232.50 points.
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    Three Tigers Advance to Finals at Tennessee Invitational

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Three Auburn men’s divers advanced to the 1-meter final Thursday to highlight the first day of the Tennessee Diving Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

    Sophomore Fraser McKean was the top qualifier from the preliminary round, posting a score of 347.30 to earn his way into the 12-diver final. He would finish sixth in the final with a score of 316.20 as the third- through eighth-place competitors were within 1.5 points of each other.

    Junior John Santeiu made his way into the final with a 303.85 to finish eighth in prelims, then improved his score to 310.85 but dropped one spot to ninth in the finals. Freshman Andrew Laing, meanwhile, was consistent with a 10th-place finish in both prelims and finals, scoring 297.55 in the morning session and 301.55 in the afternoon.

    Freshman Justin Youtsey just missed the final, finishing 15th in prelims (286.30), with sophomore Michael Beran 18th (276.00) and freshman Joel Bierwert 42nd (200.90).

    On the women’s side, none of the three Auburn competitors reached the final in the 3-meter event. Sophomore Shanna Schuelein posted the top finish, scoring a 265.00 to take 15th place, and sophomore Cinzia Calabretta was 20th with a 249.25. Freshman Carly Scheper finished 33rd (220.30).
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    McGroarty Wins Three-Meter to Start Invite

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Jodie McGroarty headlined the Lady Vols' first- and third-place finishes on the 3-meter springboard Thursday at the Tennessee Diving Invitational at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
     
    McGroarty entered the last round in second place with her favorite dive, the reverse 2 1/2 somersault tuck, to go. Diving last in the competition, she hit the dive for an afternoon-high score of 65.80 to move past Cassie Weil of LSU into first with a six-dive score of 331.55, the third time this year she has scored more than 330 in the event.
     
    "That's my favorite dive, and it's probably my most consistent," McGroarty said. "But every now and again it gets me down a bit because I get a little too confident or I put too much pressure on myself thinking this is that dive that always gets you out of trouble, my 'get out of jail free' card. But it worked because I was trying to focus on doing things right instead of trying to do things well."
     
    Junior Tori Lamp took third in 308.45.
     
    McGroarty and Lamp had entered the final rounds after taking first and second in the preliminaries in the early afternoon.
     
    "Jodie and Tori going 1-2 in the prelims was outstanding, and I fully expected them to be right up there," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said.
     
    Freshman Samantha Lera made sure Tennessee was well-represented in the final 12. She also made the finals out of the 51-diver preliminaries, finishing 12th in 238.15.
     
    "I was really really pleased that she 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.
     
    "Brent 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 today."
     
    Competition continues Friday with the women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter springboard events beginning at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Live video will be available at utsports.com.
     
    Parrington said the other two men's divers, Mauricio Robles (illness) could be available to compete later in the meet.