LEXINGTON, Ky. –University of Kentucky divers Greg Ferrucci, John Fox and Lindsay Keahey advanced to the finals and placed in the top 12 for the second consecutive day of the Georgia Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga., Saturday.
Fox and Ferrucci placed ninth and tenth, respectively, in the finals of the men’s 1-meter after making the finals in the 3-meter on Friday. Keahey finished 12th in the women’s 3-meter final a day after she posted a 12th-place finish in the 1-meter final.
“Our guys were pretty steady today against some tough competition,” UK diving coach Ted Hautau said. “John dove confidently and consistently. Lindsay made the finals against a good field again today and she’s figuring out how to compete.”
Fox finished ninth with a score of 327.10 in the finals, over 35 points higher than his preliminary round score. Ferrucci was just behind Fox with a 320.05 in the finals after a 296.90 in the prelims.
Keahey was UK’s lone representative in the 3-meter and notched a 267.40 in the finals to finish 12th. The junior advanced to the 12-diver finals out of a field of 52 in the prelims.
Zach Peterson finished 17th, and Noah Richter placed 28th in the 1-meter prelims but did not place in the top 12 to advance to the finals. The men’s field totaled 29 divers.
The Georgia Diving Invitational concludes Sunday with platform events.
The spring season officially begins for the entire team next weekend, when the Wildcats travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to race SEC-foes Alabama and Arkansas on Jan. 11.
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Ryan First, Blank Second for UGA on 3-Meter Board
ATHENS, Ga. --- Laura Ryan was first and Ann-Perry Blank was second on the 3-meter springboard on Saturday to highlight Georgia's showing in the UGA Diving Invitational at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Ryan rolled up 332.40 points and Blank posted 328.20 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs. Also Saturday, Ansley Long placed 16th with 259.85 points, followed by Darcie O'Brien in 20th with 252.60, Elizabeth Ann Kirkland in 24th with 243.05 and Haley Goodman in 51st with 174.35.
In the men's 1-meter springboard competition, Spencer Madanay came in 19th with 266.85 points. Bobby Chambless placed 22nd with 249.40 and Walker Wheeler took 26th with 229.60. SMU's Devin Burnett took top honors with 381.90 points.
The UGA Diving Invitational will conclude on Sunday with platform diving. The men will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the women at approximately 2 p.m. There is no cost for admission.
Alabama Diver Paige McCleary Posts Top-5 Finish at Georgia Diving Invitational
ATHENS, Ga. – Alabama diver Paige McCleary took fifth place off the 3-meter board on day two of the Georgia Invitational Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga.
The senior scored 302.55 points in finals to take fifth place off the 3-meter springboard. McCleary opened the invitational by winning the 1-meter competition.
On the men’s side of the meet, freshman Brent Sagert was once again Alabama’s top finisher, taking 14th place off the 1-meter board in prelims after scoring 278.30 points.
McCleary and her teammates close out competition on Sunday when both the women and men will compete off platform.
Georgia Swimmers, Divers Sweep N.C. State
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia swimming and diving teams swept North Carolina State on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The No. 4 Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0 with a 186-113 victory, while the No. 10 Bulldogs moved to 6-1 as they posted a 156-142 decision. The Lady Bulldogs also extended their own all-sports school record with their 87th consecutive win at home.
"Our kids did a really good job today," Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. "North Carolina State gave us a real challenge and our kids had to respond. We've been training really hard, so it was good to stand up and race again after a long break. We were really proud of the effort."
Amber McDermott won three times for the Lady Bulldogs, taking the 200 backstroke in 2:01.13, the 1,000 freestyle in 9:58.68 and the 400 individual medley in 4:21.47.
Annie Zhu was a double winner, sweeping the breaststroke races in 1:03.23 and 2:16.33. Brittany MacLean won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.21. Rachel Zilinskas claimed the 500 freestyle as she stopped the clock in 4:50.80. Melanie Margalis went 55.39 to win the 100 butterfly.
Laura Ryan took the 1-meter springboard with 315.30 points and Ann-Perry Blank won the 3-meter board with 327.05 points.
The 200 medley relay of Olivia Smoliga, Margalis, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed first in 1:41.46.
Nicolas Fink swept the breaststroke races in 55.71 and 2:02.12. Ty Stewart won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.31 and the 400 individual medley in 3:55.59.
Taylor Dale stopped the clock in 48.80 to win the 100 backstroke. Matias Koski claimed the 500 freestyle in 4:29.75. Garrett Powell's 9:15.64 was good enough for first in the 1,000 freestyle.
Spencer Madanay claimed the 3-meter springboard with 298.60 points.
With the victories, Jack Bauerle earned his 500th and 501st wins as Georgia's coach. He is just the sixth coach in NCAA history to reach the 500-wins plateau.
Georgia will return to action next Friday and Saturday with meets at Texas A&M and Texas.
Tigers Continue Competition at Georgia Diving Invite
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mizzou diving team continued competition at the Georgia Diving Invitational with three top-seven finishes on day two action on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. The Tigers are competing against 13 other schools, including Southeastern Conference foes Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and host Georgia.
On the men's 1-meter, senior David Bonuchi (Columbia, Mo.) and sophomore Clark Thomas (Olathe, Kan.) advanced to finals to finish second and fifth, respectively. Bonuchi, who ended prelims in eighth with 314.35 points, notched a finals round score of 376.85 to end up in second-place.
Thomas was the top prelims finisher with a career high tally of 365.65, which bested his previous high of 349.95. The sophomore posted 314.35 points in the finals to finish in fifth-place.
Sophomore Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich.) led the way on the women's 3-meter as she took seventh overall with a finals round score of 287.75. She was the 13th-best finisher in prelims with a total of 269.10.
Redshirt junior Loren Figueroa (Houston, Texas) narrowly missed finals with a 13th-place finish after a round of 262.85. Junior Lauren Callin (Middleton, Wis.) was 28th with 231.10.
Final day action at the Georgia Diving Invitational gets underway at 9 a.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 5 with the men's and women's platform competition.
Six Auburn Divers Advance to Finals on Second Day of Georgia Diving Invitational
ATHENS, Ga. – Six Auburn divers advanced to finals on the second day of the Georgia Diving Invitational on Saturday at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
On the men’s side, Junior Fraser McKean was the top finisher for Auburn on the 1-meter springboard with a season-best score of 370.65. McKean qualified second for the 12-diver final in the prelims with 364.20.
Senior John Santeiu IV posted a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s final with a 360.55 on the 1-meter, seven points better than his prelim score of 353.35. Santeiu joins McKean as the pair of Tigers in Saturday night’s knockout competition.
Sophomore Justin Youtsey posted an 11th-place finish with 315.25 points to round out Auburn’s trio of divers in the 1-meter final. Youtsey qualified seven during Saturday morning’s prelim round, recording a 316.30 to earn a spot in the final. Junior Michael Beran finished 15th with 277.85 points.
Three Auburn women advanced to the 12-diver final on the 3-meter springboard. Junior Cinzia Calabretta was the top finisher for the Tigers for the second straight day, placing sixth with a 293.55. Calabretta will represent the Tigers in Saturday night’s knockout competition on the 3-meter board.
Junior Shanna Schuelein qualified sixth during Saturday’s prelims with a score of 294.05, the highest mark for the Tigers to begin the day. She finished eighth in the 3-meter final with 282.10.
Sophomore Morgan Mullins qualified in the final spot to earn her way into the final with a score of 271.65. Mullins finished 11th overall with a 269.35 in Saturday’s final. Sophomore Carly Scheper placed 17th with a 255.00.
The Tigers wrap up the competition tomorrow at 8 a.m. CT with the men’s platform final. The women also conclude the three-day meet tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT with a one-list platform final.
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Lera, Lamp Qualify for 3-Meter Final
ATHENS, Ga. - Redshirt senior Tori Lamp and sophomore Samantha Lera both qualified for the 3-meter springboard finals Saturday at the Georgia Diving Invitational.
In the finals, Lera climbed one spot to take 10th with a six-dive score of 372.20.
Lamp finished eighth in the preliminaries with a total of 288.35. This week is Lamp's first competition since returning from a shoulder injury, so she did not dive in the finals to avoid overwork. She was third on the 1-meter springboard on Friday.
"Tori was a little rusty, but I was pleased that she was able to make the finals," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. "We didn't want didn't want to overdo it, so we pulled her from the finals. Samantha did a good job after yesterday's competition. She improved one spot in the finals. I was happy with the quality of the competition and how she performed."
Freshman Gaffney Taylor placed 40th in the 3-meter prelims with a score of 209.45.
On the men's side, freshmen Michael Howell and Lee Fullam both competed on the 1-meter springboard. Howell was 24th in 239.90 and Fullam was 29th in 211.75.
"Michael and Lee continue to learn what it takes to compete at this level," Parrington said.
The platform competition is Sunday.