Tori Lamp came through twice when facing elimination Tuesday and advanced to Wednesday’s women’s 10-meter final at the FINA World Championships in Bareclona.
The Tennessee senior diver scored 312.25 points to finish ninth in the semifinals to earn her spot in the finals, but it took her best dive of the day to advance. After scoring just 47.85 points on her fourth-round back 2½ pike, Lamp found herself tied for 12th with only one dive to go, and only 12 divers would advance. She responded with 78.40 points, her best score of the day, on her back 2½ with 1½ twists.
From there, it was a waiting game as the Bearden High School graduate was the first of 18 divers in the competition order, and ultimately, her score held up for ninth place and a spot in the final.
Lamp dove first in the semifinals because she finished 18th in the preliminaries, once again on the bubble to advance. She missed several dives early on and was in 22nd place heading into the last round. Her back 2½ with 1½ twists earned 72 points, and after waiting (she was the third diver in a preliminary field off 36), she found it was enough to bump her up to 18th (279.25) for the final spot into the semifinals.
“I could see the results,” Lamp said. “I knew I was 22nd in the prelims and tied for 12th in the semis (heading into the last round), so both times I knew I had to do a big dive to advance. I’ve been in that same situation multiple times in the past few years, so I just took a deep breath and used that experience. I was a lot more confident in the afternoon. I was a little nervous in the preliminaries.”