Tennessee sophomore Ryan Rincon narrowly missed the cut for the NCAA championships with a seventh-place finish on the platform Sunday at the NCAA Zone B diving qualifier in Lexington, Ky.
Evan Stowers of Georgia Tech edged Rincon for the final spot for the NCAA championships. Stowers finished sixth with 630.50. Rincon finished with 554.50. Steve Segerlin of Auburn won with 791.10. Four of the top five divers on platform were from the Southeastern Conference.
“Ryan gave a good effort but unfortunately it was not enough,” UT diving coach Dave Parrington said. “He just came up a little shy of going to the big dance. I am certainly proud of Ryan and how he bounced back Sunday after struggling this weekend. Hopefully he will learn a lot from this experience and build off of it.”
Thirteen qualifying spots will be filled from Zone B, the most of any of the five zones. Qualifying numbers are determined based on the previous results from the NCAA championships.
Divers earning an automatic spot on any board also qualify on other boards if they compete in those events at the zone qualifier.
The Tennessee rowing team starts the season ranked 12th in the country, the USRowing and Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced in its preseason poll.
Lisa Glenn’s crew returns four of the nine athletes that led the crew to a program-best eight-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships. The crew of Molly Oellerich (cox.), Kaitlin Bargreen, Lauren Wells, Rachel Mayberry, McKenzie Craig, Dana Forbes, Chelsea Pemberton, Andrea Bagwell and Beth Schwartz also ended the year at No. 8 in the USRowing/CRCA standings. Pemberton and Bagwell both earned All-America accolades for the third time in their careers, while Forbes and Bargreen joined the duo on the All-South Region squad. All four of those honorees have now graduated.
Princeton leads the poll, grabbing 13 first-place votes in the initial rankings. California stands second, while Virginia, Ohio State and Yale round out the top five. Five of UT’s opponents this spring start the season ranked, as the Lady Vols will travel to top-ranked Princeton and fourth-ranked Ohio State during the spring.
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Published: Wed Mar 15, 2006 | Modified: Wed Mar 15, 2006 09:51 a.m.