Feb. 12, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - For the second day in a row, Alabama had a pair of divers earn top-eight finishes at the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships being held in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus this week.
Senior Adam Booher and freshman Paige McCleary both made their second consecutive appearance in the top-eight of their respective events.
"Adam and Paige continue to do a great job in getting us going," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "As competitive as this meet is, every point is going to count and we need as many top-eight finishes as we can get."
Booher moved up three places from the morning's preliminary round of the 3-meter competition, taking fourth in the championship finals with 382.20 points. The Washington Grove, Md., native also finished fourth off the 1-meter board on the meet's first day. Sophomore Peter Hillyer finished just one place out scoring off the 3-meter, taking 17th with 297.15 points.
McCleary took eighth off the 1-meter board, scoring 290.90 points in the championship finals. The Lake Worth, Fla., native, was seventh after the morning's preliminary session with 284.00 points. She was sixth off the 3-meter on the championships' first day.
"Paige did an extremely strong job again today," diving coach Pat Greenwell said. "To come in here at her first SEC Championships and finish in the top-eight off both boards is quite an accomplishment. I give credit to (graduate assistant coach) Jessica Livingston for the job she's done helping us getting to this point."
Freshman Callan Buck also scored off the 1-meter board, taking 15th with 255.10 points while senior Olivia Covey finished just out the points, taking 17th place with a score of 250.40.
The Tide men are currently in fourth place after day two with 30 points, while Tennessee leads the team race with 91.5 points. On the women's side, Alabama is in fifth place with 27.5 points, just two points out of fourth, and Auburn leads the championships with 63 points.
The diving portion of the SEC Championships concludes Sunday with both the men's and women's platform event. Swimming events get underway Wednesday, Feb. 16 and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 19.