The 1999 Southeastern Conference swimming and diving awards, as voted on by
league coaches, were announced Monday with sophomore diver Gabi Chereches
and diving coach Dave Parrington receiving honors.
Chereches, a native of Bacau, Romania who prepped in Houston, Texas, was
named SEC male diver of the year. Chereches claimed SEC individual
championships in three-meter and platform diving and was the runner-up in
the one-meter diving event.
At the SEC meet, Chereches shared the Performer of the Meet award and also
earned a share of the Commissioner's Trophy by tying for high individual
scorer of the meet. At the NCAA Championships, Chereches finished fifth in
the platform competition and sixth on the three-meter board.
Dave Parrington was named by his peers as the SEC Diving Coach of the Year
for the second consecutive year. The Vols placed three divers in the top
eight of the one-meter competition at the SEC meet with Shannon Roy
(fourth) and Chip Chiapetta (eighth) joining Chereches (second) in the
Roy also finished third in three-meter diving while Chiapetta finished
seventh in platform diving. All three divers qualified for the NCAA
At the conclusion of the SEC meet, Parrington shared the Coach of the Meet
award. The award marks the fourth time that Parrington has captured the
men's award, winning in 1994 and '96 as well.
A native of Harare, Zimbabwe, Parrington's trophy case includes the 1997
SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year award as well as the 1990 Southwest
Conference Diving Coach of the Year award.
Parrington also served as the coach of the 1996 Zimbabwe Olympic diving
team that included former Vol NCAA and world champion Evan Stewart.
The Diver of the Year award won by Chereches is the 10th postseason honor
won by a Tennessee swimmer or diver since 1977. A Tennessee athlete has
been honored as swimmer or diver of the year by the SEC coaches each season
SEC praises UT diver, coach for excellence
Published: Wed Apr 28, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:51 p.m.