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Tennessee Dominates at Georgia Diving Invitational -- January 5, 2002

ATHENS, Ga., Jan. 4. TENNESSEE divers took top honors in both springboard events on the first day of the 2002 Georgia Diving Invitational, held the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

Tennessee’s Jamie Sanger won the women’s 1-meter springboard event with 289.30 points, just ahead of teammate, Lauryn McCalley, with 280.10. Georgia’s Brooke Bassham finished in third. Sanger was the only diver to top 300 points in the morning session with a prelim score of 302.40.

The evening session featured the second-annual Bulldog Shootout which is a single elimination event with the top six divers from the women’s 1-meter competition. Each round consisted of each diver completing one dive, and the diver with the lowest score did not advance to the next round. Sanger continued to dive well, topping Bassham in the final round.

In the men’s 3-meter springboard final, Tennessee’s Phillip Jones tallied 554.20 total point to win the event. Jones finished second in both the prelims and semifinals, but came up strong when it counted most.
Auburn's Matt Bricker was second with 532.20 points.

The 2002 Georgia Diving Invitational will continue through Sunday. Saturday morning prelims begin at 11 a.m. with the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter competition, while the finals are slated for 6 p.m.

2002 Georgia Diving Invitational - 1/4/02

Women’s 1-meter diving:

Diver Prelim Score Final Score
1. Jamie Sanger, Tenn. 302.40 289.30
2. Lauryn McCalley, Tenn. 280.10 274.90
3. Brooke Bassham,UGA 242.15 260.70
4. Sarah Close, Fla. 249.75 259.20
5. Kylee Wells, Tenn. 240.70 254.40
6. Melanie Johnson, Ohio St. 243.10 249.40
6. Ashley Rubenstein, Auburn 265.45 249.40
8. Maggie O’ Brien, Penn St. 227.80 218.35
9. Jillian Cicione, Ohio St. 228.70 213.00
10. Amber O’ Reilly,N.C. St. 225.35 212.45
11. Kristen Conner,Fla. 226.25 209.60
12.Alison Sharp, UVA 217.50 204.05

Prelims
Diver Prelim Score
13. Corey Pagnotta, Penn St. 217.40
14. Rachel Korth, Aurburn 213.55
15. Erin Bailey, N.C. St. 209.65
16. Nicole VanderBeke, N.C. St. 195.30
17. Erin Lambie, N.C. St. 187.35
18. Stacy Binyon, Tenn. 186.55
18. Shastin Leathers, Clemson 186.55
20. Grace Cagle, UGA 184.30
21. Katie Prior, UVA 178.10
22. Nicole Triden, UVA 176.35
23. Amy Tolley, Clemson 143.90
24. Jennifer Bires, Clemson 130.70

Men’s 3-meter diving:

Diver Prelim Score Semi Score Final Score
1. Phillip Jones, Tenn. 522.70 196.30 554.20
2. Matt Bricker, Auburn 536.05 206.70 532.20
3. Zach Wilcox, Florida 504.90 176.50 516.40
4. Kris Daugherty, UGA 507.25 188.00 500.50
5. Chris Monson, Ohio St. 465.70 178.85 485.70
6. Todd Avery, UGA 470.05 175.85 479.20
7. Heath Knowling, Ohio St. 496.15 188.40 473.40
8. Anthony Perry, Drexel 443.90 176.55 458.35
9. Jared Bench, N.C. St. 448.50 169.70 455.30
10. Craig Thomas, Clemson 446.65 149.70 452.60
11. Reggie Coote, Florida 453.60 174.95 436.55
12. Jake Dorsey, Tenn. 453.05 158.00 420.20

Prelims
Diver Prelim Score
13. Andrew Sivulka, Auburn 443.00
14. Steve Bohner, Penn St. 440.40
15. Mitch Richeson, Ohio St. 436.40
16. Kevin Coogan, Drexel 387.75
17. Pete Amstute, UVA 387.20
18. Colby Carter, UGA 380.90
19. Joe Piorkowski, UVA 366.55
20. Marc Gastaldo, Penn St. 362.00
21. Eric Shulick, Clem. 361.85
22. Steven House, N.C. St. 298.35

Women’s 1-meter Shootout
Diver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
1. Melanie Johnson 36.80 45.10*
2. Ashley Rubenstein 33.35*
3. Kylee Wells 47.15 55.20 46.80 37.20*
4. Sarah Close 40.25 49.20 46.80**
5. Brooke Bassham 34.50 52.80 51.60 45.10 45.60 (2nd)
6. Jaime Sanger 54.05 47.50 52.80 49.40 50.40 (1st)

* indicates the lowest score in each round and that diver did not advance to the next round.
** There was a dive-off between Close and Wells in the third round. Wells advanced to the fourth round with a score of 51.60. Close had a score of 39.00 in the dive-off.