SEC DIVING: Gators have 3 in top 10

The University of Florida diving team opened the 2005 Southeastern Conference Diving Championships at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatoriumwith a solid team effort as the Gators placed three divers in the top-10.

Senior Nicole Bolt (Orlando, Fla.) got UF off to a solid start as she recorded a preliminary score of 480.20 to lead the field in the women's three-meter springboard event. Bolt was followed by Lauren King of South Carolina in second (472.95), while Lynnsey Seagraves of Auburn posted the third-highest preliminary score of 466.55.

In the finals, Jessica Thompson from the University of Kentucky would capture her first career SEC Diving title as she won the three-meter event with a score of 480.60. Taking the silver and bronze medal was the duo of King and Tracey Richardson from South Carolina with scores of 474.45 and 474.05 respectively. Bolt garnered 460.65 points in the final and placed sixth overall.

On the one-meter springboard, Georgia diver Chris Colwill led the field after recording a preliminary score of 368.80. Close behind Colwill was Andy Bradley of South Carolina with a score of 342.00, while teammate Dean Emmerton (South Carolina) notched a score of 311.50, which was good enough for third.

Florida sophomore Vitor Assuncao (Orlando, Fla.) earned a spot in the final as he recorded a score of 309.80 to place fifth, while teammate Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) earned 300.95 points to place 10th.

Colwill turned in another stellar performance in the final to claim gold for the Bulldogs with a tally of 378.90, while Steven Segerlin of Auburn took silver with a score of 350.75. Rounding out the top-three was Bradley of South Carolina with a score 336.90. Assuncao narrowly missed earning his first SEC medal as he placed fourth with a score of 334.75.

The SEC Diving Championships continue through Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium. The second day of diving is scheduled to get under way at noon with the men competing on the three-meter springboard.

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