2022 TENNESSEE DIVING INVITATION
- Monday, January 3 – Thursday, January 6, 2022
- Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Full results
Tennessee won its own diving invite both overall and in the men’s, while Alabama took home the women’s title in the contest that lasted most of this week.
The Vols stunned the competition, winning a total of 232 points compared to the University of South Carolina’s 165 points in second place.
The meet featured a women’s and men’s 1-meter board, a 3-meter board and a platform event, as well as a new team-style event where three divers perform six dives to determine a team score.
Tennessee won the men’s team event with a score of 400.65, beating Alabama’s 370.15. The women came in third in the team event with a score of 292.90. Individual, sophomore Bryden Hattie shone for the Vols. The reigning SEC platform champion won the platform with a score of 388.40. He won from behind, running a Back 2 1/2 Somersault 1 1/2 Twist Pike for his final dive to take home the win. Hattie finished ninth in the event during the 2021 NCAAs, but no one in the top eight of that encounter competed. He also won the men’s 3-meter with a score of 404.90, followed by his teammate Matthew Wade, who was sixth in the 2021 NCAA’s event, with a score of 384.35.
On the woman’s side, Kara Holt outperformed Tennessee and placed second on the platform.
Kevin Lic supported Alabama’s efforts on the men’s side, using a season-best score of 366.25 to win the 1-meter. He moved up nine places after finishing tenth in the preliminaries, beating Wade and Carlo Lopez, the only people in the event to make it to the B Finals at the 2021 NCAA Championships. Connor Pruitt, who came in second and dives for Auburn, also defeated both Wade and Lopez.
Alabama won in the women’s, with Tanesha Lucoe earn bronze on the 1 meter board and the 3 meter board. Alabama’s win was narrow, scoring 109 points compared to South Carolina’s 99 points.
However, it was South Carolina that dominated with podium finishes. Apart from winning the women’s team event, graduate transfer Brook Schultz swept the springboard events, earning a total of four NCAA Zone qualifying scores. Schultz placed 3rd at the 2021 NCAAs in the 1-meter, behind phenom Sarah Bacon and UNCs Aranza Vazquez-Montano. Schultz placed 12th in the 3 meters at NCAAs, but none of the people who finished ahead of her competed in this competition.
South Carolina Freshman Sophie Verzyl finished second in both the 1m and 3m behind Schultz.
On the men’s side, junior Manny Vazquez Bas earned five NCAA Zone qualifying scores, with his best performance placing third on the platform dive.
Sarah Rousseau was Missouri’s only first-place finish, winning the women’s platform dive with a score of 272.25, a qualifying score for the NCAA Zone. She beat Holt, who placed 19th at the 2021 NCAAs, well ahead of Rousseau’s 34th at the same meet.
Several teams retired before the start of the game, including LSU, NC State, Virginia and Georgia.