Feb. 11, 2011
By Wes Todd
Assistant Media Relations Director
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gamecock senior diver Taryn Zack earned a fifth-place finish in the women’s 3-meter final on Friday night at the SEC Diving Championships at the O’Connell Center Natatorium.
Zack scored a 346.75 – her second-best 3-meter score of the season – to finish in fifth place on what was a very strong night of diving from the entire field. The native of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, did not miss a dive in her list of six, highlighted by a 62.35 on her final dive of the night – a reverse 1.5 somersault with 2.5 twists.
“I’m pleased with the way Taryn performed today,” South Carolina diving coach Todd Sherritt said. “She was very solid throughout her whole list and didn’t miss a dive. Very proud of her. Now we just have to come back and be stronger across the board in the preliminaries tomorrow.”
Zack now has earned at least a fifth-place finish in the SEC 3-meter championship in each of her four seasons in the Garnet and Black; she also finished fifth as a freshman in 2008, took fourth place last season and was the runner-up in 2009.
Florida’s Monica Dodson captured the title in her home pool, scoring a 373.85 to win the championship. Auburn took the other two spots on the medal stand, with Vennie Dantin taking runner-up honors at 368.05 and Anna Aguero finishing third with a 357.40.
Saturday will see the Gamecock divers return to the boards with the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter preliminaries in the morning and early afternoon. The women’s 1-meter prelims begin at 11 a.m., followed by the men’s 3-meter event. Live video is available through GatorZone.com, and periodic updates are available via Twitter by following @GamecockSwim