''Jaime hadn't dove all that well on the three-meter yet this year, so it was probably a little bit of a surprise to some people that she placed second,'' Diving Coach Dave Parrington said. ''I do have some mixed emotions because with the way things were going in the finals, I thought she had a chance at the title, but we canât be too upset with second.''
Sophomore Lauryn McCalley followed closely behind Sanger, placing fourth in the finals with a tally of 510.55. McCalley recorded the highest score of the preliminary competition with a 526.20, which is the second best of her career and the fourth-highest total ever recorded by a Lady Vol. Her best score of 532.32 is third highest in school history.
''With the way Lauryn dove earlier in the prelims, I thought she had set herself up very well for the finals,'' Parrington said. ''She made a couple of little errors here and there, and those small mechanical mistakes cost her the title.''
UT's 200y medley relay squad clocked a 1:42.96 to break the 14-year-old school record of 1:43.04 set at the NCAA Championships in 1989. The Lady Vol quartet of freshman Jacque Fessel (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Courtney Naparlo (Williamsburg, Va.), freshman Tatiana Athayde (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and freshman Abbi Terveer (Lima, Ohio) brought Tennessee a sixth place finish in the event.
''Jacque started us off with the fastest leadoff split in school history (25.56),'' UT Head Coach Dan Colella said. ''Everyone did a great job, and setting a school record is a fantastic way for us to kick off this meet.''
In the 800y free relay, the Orange-clad squad of freshmen Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio), Kara Boland (Lafayette Hill, Pa.), Noelle Bassi (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and senior Bethany Hall (Knoxville, Tenn.) placed ninth with a season-best time of 7:32.30.
Competition continues at the SEC Championships today with the 500y free, 200y IM, 50y free, 200y free relay, women's 1m springboard and men's 3m springboard.