Jan. 4, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's Owen Blank came in fourth on the men's 1-meter springboard on Wednesday at the Georgia Diving Invitational and Shootout at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
Blank posted a score of 330.50 in the finals to take fourth, with top honors going to Tennessee's Ryan Helms (358.45 points) During the prelims, Blank came in second with a total of 301.35 points. Also in the prelims, Georgia's Alex Watson took 21st with 254.15 points and Bobby Chambless came in 33rd with 187.25 points.
On the women's side, Ann-Perry Blank placed 10th on the 3-meter springboard with 255.75 points and Landon Watters took 15th with 233.95 points. Auburn's Vennie Dantin won the event with 337.25 points. Blank came in ninth in the prelims with 258.50 points, Watters was 16th with 233.95, Ansley Long was 22nd with 193.70 and Darcie O'Brien was 26th with 179.45.
"Overall, it was a good day," Georgia diving coach Dan Laak said. "I don't think Owen missed a dive all day. He did 12 really good dives, including some phenomenal ones in there. He competed, and that was the key thing. Alex was solid and Bobby did some good things, too. Ann-Perry improved on some things we've been working on. Landon making the finals was great. Her second list was better, so that's important. This is Ansley's first meet back (since a foot injury), so I think she's a little tired, and Darcie is getting better and better. I was pleased with what I saw today across the board."
The Georgia Diving Invitational and Shootout will conclude on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the platform competition. Admission is free.