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UT’s Lamp Earns Sixth in Platform Quarterfinals, Earns Spot in Semis

The Knoxville native will compete tomorrow morning at the USA Winter Nationals

By Todd Mounce


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee redshirt sophomore Tori Lamp notched a spot in the platform semifinals after placing sixth in Saturday’s quarterfinals at the USA Diving Winter Nationals at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Following a second-place finish in the platform prelims Thursday, which warranted a spot in the quarterfinals, the Knoxville native concluded Saturday with a five-round score of 312.45.
“I was very happy for Tori,” Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. “That was step two and now we move to step three. She’s in the semifinals tomorrow and from there we need her to get her in the top 12 andwe’ll be very happy.”
The top 18 divers qualified for the semifinals, which begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. Through two rounds it looked as if Lamp would make the cut easily, but having scored just 46.40 in round three, Lamp and Parrington knew the importance of the fourth dive.
The 5-8 diver responded in a big way, scoring 72.50 on the ensuing dive to get back into the top 10. She closed the event out by scoring 70.40 in the fifth round.
“There was a point in the contest where she was hanging in but couldn’t afford a miss and she did her best dive of the day,” Parrington explained. “That was a dive she missed before and I felt like it was a dive she really needed to hit, and she hit it big.”
“It wasn’t as consistent as I would have hoped,” Lamp said. “I missed my inward (third dive) pretty badly, but everything else was pretty solid.”
A newcomer two years ago, Lamp finished runner-up in the platform finals in 2009 at the Speedo USA Diving Spring Nationals.  
“I’m really excited (to advance)," Lamp said. "I’ve been working really hard for this and really want to make the top 12 to make the Olympic Trials.”



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