SEC DIVING: Gators claim first diving medal

The University of Florida diving teams recorded another successful day on the boards as the Gators placed two divers in the finals, while claiming their first medal of the Southeastern Conference Diving Championships on Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

In the women's one-meter springboard preliminaries, Florida senior Nicole Bolt qualified for the finals with the fourth-best score of 265.95. Leading the one-meter field was Kentucky's Taryn Ignacio, as she recorded a score of 273.30. Finishing just behind Ignacio was Holly Hodges from South Carolina with a preliminary score of 271.80, while Louisiana State's Hali Saucier qualified for the finals in third with a preliminary mark of 266.95.

In the finals of the women's one-meter springboard, Kentucky claimed its second diving title of the championships as Ignacio struck gold with a score of 296.40, while Bolt improved two places and took the silver with a score of 280.30. Hodges of South Carolina claimed the bronze with a score of 277.25.

"I'm really excited, I am just thrilled," Bolt said. "One of my goals was to final on the one meter because I have placed ninth the last two years, so I decided that once I got into the finals I was just going to relax and have fun."

Senior Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) got the Gators going as he recorded the fifth-highest score in the men's three-meter springboard preliminary by totaling 541.80 points.

Georgia's Chris Colwill, the SEC's newly crowned one-meter champion, led the field in the preliminaries for the second straight event as he posted a score of 615.10. Following Colwill was Jevon Tarantino from Tennessee as he notched a score of 578.70, while Auburn's Steven Segerlin placed third in the preliminaries with a score of 567.00. UF sophomore Vitor Assuncao (Orlando, Fla.) registered a score of 450.15 to place 13th overall for the Gators.

Colwill came back in the final to win his second SEC Diving title as he posted 627.30 points to win the men's three-meter final, while Tarantino took second with 579.60 for the Volunteers. Taking bronze was Segerlin from Auburn with 566.80, while Wilcox improved one place to finish in fourth with 548.90.

The SEC Diving Championships conclude Sunday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium, with the platform competitions beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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