June 20, 2012
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Vennie Dantin wrapped up a stellar Auburn career late Wednesday night as she earned a 14th-place finish in the platform semifinals at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
"Vennie was a little off in the semifinals tonight," Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "But I'm very proud of everything she gave to Auburn in her four years. We're going to miss her."
Dantin, who graduated in May with a degree in exercise science, posted a cumulative score of 540.75 to finish in 14th place, approximately 26 points shy of the 12th position and a spot in the finals.
The native of Conroe, Texas, wraps up her Auburn career with her second trip to the Olympic Trials. While with the Tigers, she earned seven All-America honors - the most by any female diver in Auburn history - and captured two SEC titles.
Next week, it will be the swimmers' turn as a total of 39 swimmers with Auburn ties - past, present and future - will head to Omaha, Neb., for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. The meet runs June 25-July 2.
Prelims: Dantin Advances to Platform Semifinals
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Auburn's Vennie Dantin finished the preliminary round of the platform diving event in 12th place, advancing to Wednesday night's semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Dantin, who narrowly missed a spot in the 3-meter semifinals Tuesday, secured her spot in the 18-diver platform semifinal with a five-dive total of 296.80. She easily made the semifinal round as the 18th-place score was 269.00. Former University of Miami diver Brittany Viola leads the competition with a 380.55, while Tennessee's Tori Lamp joined Dantin as the only two SEC divers to make the semifinal round.
The top 12 divers from the semifinal will advance to the final. Dantin is looking to make her second appearance in an Olympic Trials final; she finished 11th on platform in 2008.