University of Tennessee Lady Vol diver Kathy Pesek and former diver Tracy
Bonner claimed the gold medal in three-meter synchronized diving last
weekend in Orlando, Fla., at the 1999 U.S. Spring national
The duo recorded a score of 279.57 to claim their fourth national title.
Pesek also took home the silver medal on the platform with a score of
454.41 on Sunday.
Tennessee sent four divers to Orlando for the week's events, held at the
YMCA Aquatics Center. Pesek also finished 14th on the three-meter
springboard (431.46) and Bonner claimed sixth place (458.25) on the
Lady Vol sophomore Lizzy Flynt advanced to the semifinals on the platform,
finishing 12th overall with a score of 397.14. Flynt also finished 27th on
the three-meter and teamed up with senior Alicia Ball in three-meter
synchronized to finish eighth.
Pesek's second-place finish on the platform qualified her for the Pan
American Games in July in Winnipeg, Canada, and for the World University
Games July 6-11 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Pesek and Bonner will represent the U.S. next at the FINA/USA Grand Prix in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 6-9.
Vols dominate at Miami Invitational
Senior Dawane Wallace stayed busy this weekend at the Miami (Fla.)
Invitational as Tennessee followed up the Sea Ray Relays with another
strong performance that included eight first-place finishes.
Wallace, who has already qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in
the 110-meter hurdles, took second in the 200-meter dash and the
1,500-meter run and fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Teammate Leonard Scott finished runner-up in the 100 meters to Olympic
sprinter Dennis Mitchell, who won the event with a time of 10.34
In the 200 meters, Wallace ran to his second-place finish in 21.34 and
freshman Hassaan Stamps took fourth with a time of 21.87. Vol Dwayne Bell
finished third in 21.98. Ryan Douglas was victorious in the 400-meter dash
with a season-best 48.45, as Tom Pappas took third in 49.32 and Russell
Frye finished fourth.
Adrian Wheatley took first in the 800-meter run (1:52.18), followed by
Brock Smith (1:53.10) in second and John Dickson, who took fifth. In the
4x400-meter relay, Tennessee squads finished first and second.
Not to be outdone, Tennessee's field events squad had a spectacular day
also. Russell Johnson won the pole vault and Mark Johnson and Clint Binder
finished third and fourth, respectively.
Rondell Mershon took third in the triple jump and Toby Colyer had an equal
showing in the javelin. Tennessee owned the shot put and the discus throw.
Darwin Walker won the shot, followed by Tyler Garrett in third, Colyer in
fourth and Pappas, Jeremy Racey and Grant Cleghorn claiming spots five
Scott Perkinson won the discus with a throw of 177.5 and Lance Jauron,
Garrett, Pappas and Steve Pitlik finished in spots two through five. Jauron
was victorious in the hammer throw with a season-best throw of 168-1 and
Pitlik took runner-up.
Tennessee will compete Friday and Saturday in the Penn Relays in
Philadelphia. The Vols return home Sunday to host the Knoxville
Lady Vol divers win at nationals
Published: Wed Apr 21, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:50 p.m.