Feb. 12, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- In day two of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Diving Championships, two Lady Bulldogs and one male diver earned points for Georgia.
"The bottom line is that we can do better," said head diving coach Dan Laak. "I saw good things with some of the dives, but I know we have the potential to do more. A positive is that we scored more points today than we did yesterday, but it's disappointing not to have anyone in the finals. We have some work to do before Zones, and we have some time to get that together."
The women competed on the 1-meter springboard in the first preliminary session of the day, and Georgia had two top-16 scorers. Hannah Moore pulled in an 11th place finish with a score of 272.15, and Ann-Perry Blank finished 13th with 259.35. Landon Watters competed in exhibition, scoring a 196.80 in the event.
"It hurt us when Hannah missed her back today because that kept her out of the finals," Laak said. "Ann-Perry did a great job on 1-meter for her first SEC competition, and she was able to score some points for us."
On the men's 3-meter springboard, Alex Watson was the only scorer with 300.55 points, which gave him a 16th place finish. Owen Blank finished the competition with 296.90 (18th), while Tim Barrett accumulated 281.45 points (20th).
"It's good that Alex was able to score, but I know that he can do better," said Laak. "Owen did a pretty good job. He was off a little on a couple dives, but his last dive really hurt him."
After today's competition, the women have earned 19 total points, while the men have accumulated 14.
The third day of the 2011 SEC Diving Championships will take place Sunday, and both men and women will be competing on platform. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and finals are set for 2:30 p.m.