SEC DIVING: Wilcox earns diving medal for Gators

The University of Florida diving teams closed out the 2005 Southeastern Conference Diving Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center with senior Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) earning UF's second medal of the SEC Championships.

In perhaps the toughest day of competition, the field of SEC divers showed their poise and athleticism as they competed in the platform diving event.

Diving to a preliminary score of 592.80, Auburn's Steven Segerlin grabbed the top seed in the finals of the men's platform event. Georgia's Chris Colwill posted a mark of 531.30 to record the second-best score in the preliminary field, while Aaron Ashworth of Alabama rounded out the top-three with a preliminary mark of 501.10.

In the finals, the eight-man field did not disappoint as they put on the most exciting final so far in the SEC Championships. Entering the final round of dives, Segerlin held a narrow lead over Colwill. The dueling pair put away difficult dives in their final attempts, however the duo matched each other's final dive score of 71.40 and Segerlin claimed the gold with a final tally of 582.95. Colwill earned his third medal of the championships as he claimed the silver with 581.65 points, while Wilcox won the bronze with a total 533.75.

For the women, Taryn Ignacio of Kentucky earned the top seed for the finals as she posted the top score of 448.75 in the preliminary round. Following Ignacio was Georgia's Emily Hunter, who recorded a score of 394.45, while the newly crowned three-meter springboard champion from Kentucky, Jessica Thompson qualified third with a mark of 391.10. Florida senior Nicole Bolt (Orlando, Fla.) notched a score of 289.50 to place 14th overall.

In the finals, Ignacio remained consistent with each of her dives as she dove her way to her second SEC Diving Crown of the weekend by posting a score of 443.75. Taking silver was Jenna Hastreiter of Alabama with a score of 400.55, while Hunter (UGA) claimed the bronze with 385.70 points.

The SEC Swimming Championships open at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Wednesday, Feb. 16, with the first preliminary events beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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