Another SEC diving silver for Vol Mauricio Robles

Tennessee diver Mauricio Robles during the 1-meter springboard in the SEC swimming and diving championship in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2014,

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Tennessee diver Mauricio Robles during the 1-meter springboard in the SEC swimming and diving championship in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2014,

After missing the SEC swimming and diving championships last season because of a season-ending injury, Tennessee diver Mauricio Robles is having no problem making up for lost time.

After finishing second Tuesday in the 3-meter springboard of this season’s SEC championships in Athens, Ga., Robles followed with another second in the 1-meter springboard Wednesday.

He overcame a sub-50 score on his third dive to finish with a total of 395.20, just 5 hundredths of a point behind winner John Santeiu of Auburn (395.25).

“I’m really proud of what he’s doing here,” Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said in a UT release. “Two seconds over two nights after not being in this competition for two years. He’s right in the battle, leaving a few points on the table.”

In the 50-yard freestyle, Lady Vol Faith Johnson finished with a personal best time of 21.67 in an event she won last year in the SEC championships. But her better time didn’t result in a better result as Johnson finished in third.

Johnson wasn’t done picking up medals on the night for the Lady Vols. She finished second - along with teammates Cherelle Thompson, Harper Bruens and Lindsay Gendron - on the 200 freestyle relay team.

The Lady Vols are fourth in the team standings with 312 points. Host and defending champion Georgia leads with 577.

On the men’s side, UT is fifth with 289 points. Auburn leads with 574.

Junior Tristan Slater reached the A final of the 200 IM for the third time in his career. He placed seventh in 1:44.84, a career best by nearly a second.

“It’s nice that he belongs there, and he knows he belongs there,” Kredich said. “That’s a great setup for the 400 IM, which he considers his best event. It’s a good sign that he’s ready to make a big step up in that event, both here and at NCAAs.”

The competition continues Thursday and concludes Friday.

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