Tennessee diver Mauricio Robles, who missed the SEC swimming and diving championships a year ago after a season-ending injury, finished second in the 3-meter springboard of this year’s championships Tuesday.
After three events on the first day at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., the Tennessee women are second with 153 points, trailing defending champion Georgia (187). The Tennessee men are fourth with 135 points, and Auburn leads with 192.
Robles, the 2012 SEC platform champion as a freshman, had a career-best score of 418.10 points.
“Credit to Mauricio for really competing well,” Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said in a school release. “It was a career-best score for him, and I’m very pleased with his performance and competitiveness and how this stacks up for the rest of the week.”
The men’s team finished third in the 800-yard freestyle relay in an NCAA A-cut time of 6 minutes, 19.71 seconds and a lineup of Sam Rairden, Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, Tristan Slater and Sean Lehane.
Tennessee also earned a bronze medal in the men’s 200 medley relay.
The Lady Vols were second in the 200 medley relay. The team of Lauren Solernou, Molly Hannis, Harper Bruens and Faith Johnson clocked an A-cut time of 1:35.81.
Senior Tori Lamp finished fifth in the women’s 1-meter springboard. Lamp’s score of 315.90, her best score of the year, would have won the SEC title a season ago.
“In a highly competitive final, Tori got up and had an extremely good list of dives,” Parrington said. “She finished 10 points out of first place. She left a few points on the boards there.”