Final dive a winner for Tori Lamp at SEC Championships

Once again, the women’s platform competition at the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas, came down to junior Tori Lamp’s final dive.

And once again, Lamp came up with the big points for gold.

In an almost identical position a year ago, the former Bearden High School standout hit her final dive Friday night for 81 points to break her own SEC meet record and surpass crowd favorite Jesse Macaulay of Texas A&M to retain her conference title.

Lamp’s five dives totaled 41.90, breaking her record of 335.40 set last year en route to winning her first gold in Knoxville. Freshman Samantha Lera, diving in her first career final, took fifth in a career-best 299.15.

In the team standings, the Lady Vols stayed in fourth while the Vols moved back to fifth place. The Lady Vols have closed the gap against third-place Florida, 852.5 to 810 points with one day to go. Georgia leads with 1,058.

The Vols moved back in front of Missouri with 570.5 points. Florida leads the men’s team scoring with 1,038.

One school record — and temporarily a meet record — belonged to sophomore Molly Hannis in the 100-yard breaststroke. She broke the UT record by more than a second and held the SEC record by swimming the prelims in 58.22 seconds, but the mark was tied by Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson two heats later. In the finals, Larson set the NCAA and American record in 57.43. Hannis took second (58.24).

Junior Samuel Rairden earned his second individual silver of the meet, taking second in the 100 backstroke (47.29). Kelsey Floyd finished third in the 200 butterfly (1:54.78) while the Vols and Lady Vols both won took third in the 400 medley relay.

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