Thursday October 11, 2001SEC East Challenge Gets Underway
Florida claimed championship honors in the women's three-meter diving at the conclusion of the first day of the SEC East Challenge hosted at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Thursday, October 11. Two Gators finished in the top-five with one diver claiming the top spot.
Slated for the first day of the Challenge for the women was the three-meter springboard diving. Junior Sarah Close (Clearwater, Fla.) took first place of the 16 divers competing with 286.40 points. Finishing fifth, sophomore Kristen Connor (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 237.95.
Close's score will contribute 20 points to the team totals of the dual meets against Georgia on Friday, October 12th at 4 p.m. and Kentucky on Sunday at 10 a.m. while Connor's score will contribute14. Both scores will also add to the team total of the invitational part of the Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 13th at 6 p.m. Action for the divers will continue Friday morning at 11 when the women take on the one-meter springboard.
On the men's one-meter, Tennessee's Phillip Jones led all scoring with a 304.70. Kris Daugherty from Georgia finished second with 285.50, while Sal Vilardo from Tennessee rounded out the top three with a score of 282.50. For Florida, senior Reggie Coote (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) recorded a score of 280.40 as an exhibitionist, while freshman Zach Wilcox (Yarrow Point, Wash.) finished in sixth with a score of 275.95.
Diving continues Friday morning at 11 a.m. with the women's one-meter and the men's three-meter diving. Dual meets begin at 4 p.m. when Florida takes on Georgia, and Tennessee and South Carolina face each other Friday night at 6 p.m.