Tennessee diver Tori Lamp won the platform competition at the U.S. World Championships Trials in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sunday to qualify for the United States team on the 10-meter platform at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, July 31-August 4.
“This is a great step forward in Tori’s career,” Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said. “It’s a huge moment to make the World Championships. It puts her among some of the Tennessee diving greats to represent their country at the international level.”
Lamp held a 49-point lead after Thursday’s preliminaries and semifinals, but had to wait until Sunday to seal the deal.
Indiana’s Amy Cozad came on late, challenging Lamp for the title with a strong finals. Cozad cut Lamp’s lead all the way down to 13.40 headed into the final dive, but Lamp closed with a Back 2 1/2 Somersault 1 1/2 Twist Pike that scored a solid 76.80. Lamp won 1041.30 to 1032.70 over Cozad, who also made the U.S. team.
“First of all, she did what she needed to do,” Parrington said. “It was an unusual position to be in, sitting on a 49-point lead for three days. I wasn’t quite sure how she would react. We started like it was a new contest.”
Lamp, a Bearden High School graduate, is the third Lady Vol diver to make the U.S. team for the World Championships. Tracy Bonner and Kathy Pesek took silver at the 1998 meet in 3-meter synchronized diving.