Sanger 2nd in NCAA diving

Tennessee's Jaime Sanger pushed an Olympic gold medalist before placing second on the one-meter springboard at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala. Lady Vol teammate Lauryn McCalley captured fifth place.

Sanger recorded a career-best score of 329.90, to edge out defending champion Blythe Hartley of Southern California (329.70). Houston's Yulia Pakhalina, a 2000 Olympic gold medallist, won the event with a total of 339.70.

''Jaime did an excellent job of chasing and competing with Yulia Pakhalina, one of the best divers in the world, right down to the wire tonight,'' UT Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. ''We were very excited to have two divers qualify for the finals and place in the top five.''

The career-best score allowed Sanger to break her own school record. She now holds the top six 1m scores ever recorded by a Lady Vol. The performance marks the highest NCAA finish for Tennessee since Lizzy Flynt placed second on the platform in 2000, and improves upon Sanger's previous best of third on the 1m at the 2001 NCAAs. The runner-up finish also helps solidify Sanger's status as the most dominant 1m springboard performer in Tennessee history, giving her a pair of top-three finishes at NCAAs to go along with her three-consecutive SEC titles in the event.

McCalley recorded a score of 311.70, far surpassing her previous career-best of 288.00. The performance ranks her second in UT history on the 1m, and betters her previous high finish of seventh at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Tennessee junior Kylee Wells placed 32nd on the 1m with a score of 228.25.

Thanks to the scoring efforts of Sanger and McCalley, who both earned their third career All-America honors on Thursday, Tennessee sits in 15th place after Day 1 of the NCAAs with 31 points. Auburn, the defending national champion, occupies first place with 168.5 points.

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