Phillip Jones finished in second-place on the 3-meter springboard this past weekend at the 2003 World Championship Team Trials in Athens, Ga. With his score of 1,228.86, Jones earned a spot on the four-man U.S. World Championship Team.
Only the top two divers in each individual event and the top team in each synchronized event are named to the World Championship team. One-meter participants will be selected from team members by the coaching staff.
"I am really excited about this opportunity," Jones said. "I have never been to Barcelona, so it should be fun. This also gives me a lot of confidence for the Olympic Trials next year. It will be basically the same format with just the top two divers making the Olympic squad."
By virtue of their first and second place finishes, Dumais and Jones will also compete at the FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix, May 8-11, in The Woodlands, Texas. Justin Wilcock and Tennessee signee Jevon Tarantino also earned roster spots on the Grand Prix team by placing third and fourth, respectively. The FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix is the sole U.S. stop on the 10-country FINA international tour.
Durant and Brewer could miss Florida series
The Lady Vol softball team could be missing two of its top players this weekend for its trip to the Sunshine State, as junior Angela Brewer and freshman Kristi Durant are out indefinitely after being hit by Auburn's pitching staff last weekend.
Brewer (.288) rates second on Tennessee with six home runs and is fourth with 30 runs batted in, while Durant's .430 overall clip is among the best in the SEC. The rookie paces the Lady Vols in on-base percentage (.492), hits (68) and multiple-hit games (18) and is the runner-up in RBI (32), runs (29), walks (15) and doubles (12).
"Both Angela and Kristi have concussions and are going to be re-evaluated on Wednesday by Dr. Rebecca Morgan to see if they can travel to Florida this weekend," said Jenny Moshak, assistant athletics director for sports medicine. "Until then, they will be held out of practice."
Brewer was struck in the head in the second inning of the first game on a pitch from AU freshman Janet Spivey, leaving her unable to compete in the final two contests on the Plains. The following day, Durant was drilled in the helmet by junior Kristen Keyes' initial pitch of the sixth inning.
Tennessee (39-15, 12-8 SEC) will journey to Gainesville this weekend to face nationally-ranked Florida (32-16,13-8 SEC).
Wilkinson selected to Canadian Women's World Cup Team
Lady Vol junior forward Rhian Wilkinson, a first-team All-Central Region and first-team SEC selection last season, was chosen by Canadian Women's World Cup Team coach Even Pellerud to join the team as it prepares for the upcoming Women's World Cup.
Canada is slated to play two international friendlies against Nigeria this weekend in Spartanburg, S.C., at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
"Rhian is finally getting the chance to show her skills on the international level and to represent her country," UT coach Angela Kelly said. "She is coming off a great spring in which she led our team in fitness and offensive production."
Returning to the Lady Vols' lineup after missing the majority of her sophomore season with a broken foot, Wilkinson ranked second in league matches with 14 points on five goals and four assists.
After being tabbed as the SEC's Freshman of the Year in 2000, when she was picked for the second team, the forward advanced to the first unit last fall to join Kelly Berrall (2000), Keeley Dowling (2002), Sue Flamini (2001) and Kim Patrick (2001) as Lady Vol first-team choices since the program began in 1996.
She also achieved All-SEC Tournament accolades as the Lady Vols edged six-time defending champion Florida in double overtime, 2-1, to claim their first championship.