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AquaDog Lamp, world top-5 youth diver, picks UT; Bearden’s Chaney to WKU


One of the world’s top five athletes in her sport can be found at Bearden High School.

Soon, her education address will be The University of Tennessee.

Tori Lamp, BHS AquaDogs diver who finished No. 5 in the world in platform event at Junior World Championships in Aachen, Germany last summer after winning a U.S. National Junior platform meet in Texas, made her Lady Vols choice official during a Nov. 14 ceremony at BHS.

Lamp was joined by AquaDog teammate Laurel Chaney, No. 2 in state in 50-yard freestyle and No. 3 in 100-backstroke last year, who signed with Western Kentucky University the same day.

As for Lamp’s choice, “It’s just a really strong program,” said the 17-year-old senior, also 2007 state high school champ. “I’ve been with the same coaches [Dave Parrington/Shannon Roy] for a long time, and they’ve gotten me as far as I have [gotten] already. And I wanted to stay close to home.” Lamp said she also considered LSU, Georgia and Kentucky.


Shannon labeled Lamp “a natural athlete all around ... got long lines needed for diving,” adding her work ethic is “second to none, she trains hard all the time, pushes herself through injuries.”

Chaney, 17, said WKU “just felt like the best fit for me. ... I really felt like part of the team.”

Bearden head coach Marshall Goodman said Chaney “is probably the hardest working swimmer I’ve ever met. Everything she’s gotten has been from hard work and tenacity. ... Works her butt off.

“Leadership, speaks up, leads people,” Goodman added. “She will fight, no matter how she feels.”

 

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