Auburn Sweeps Platform Finals at Final Day of Invite
AUBURN - Junior John Santeiu and sophomore Cinzia Calabretta earned victories for the Auburn men and women as the Auburn Diving Invitational wrapped up Wednesday morning with finals in the platform event.
Auburn's men and women combined for three wins and 11 personal-best scores over the three-day meet, closing out the 2012 fall season on a high note.
"Every day had some really positive things to it," Auburn head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "There were some plusses and minuses, and some great dives, and some scores on dives that didn't really reflect the corrections that were made. I think everybody had a personal-best somewhere throughout the competition, and we can really build on that heading into our championship season.
"This competition is great camaraderie between the teams (Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech). We all went out last night and had dinner together, had a great time, and it creates a competitive environment where each person is wanting the other to do the very best. Diving is unique in that. We're competing against the other teams, but we also want to see them do well. And that makes us better."
Santeiu led a sweep of the top three spots by the Auburn men with a score of 394.65, just missing a career-best total. Sophomore Fraser McKean was just behind with a career-best score of 388.10, and sophomore Michael Beran took third place with a personal-best of his own, scoring 361.60. Freshman Andrew Laing, competing on tower for the first time as a Tiger, took fifth place with an NCAA Zone qualifying score of 328.80.
Calabretta earned her first collegiate win in the women's platform final with a score of 261.20, finishing just ahead of classmate Shanna Schuelein, who scored a career-best 254.85. Freshman Carly Scheper took fifth place, qualifying for the NCAA Zone meet with a 228.20.
"Cinzia did some really good things," Shaffer said. "Her inward three-and-a-half is still a new dive for her, and it will get there. I was really pleased with everybody's level of competition and their level of learning. We use these competitions to assess where you are, to know what you have to practice to get better. I think this was a great three days of competition to see where we are and what we need to work on."
Auburn's divers will return to action after the holiday break at the Tennessee Diving Invitational, which runs Jan. 3-5 in Knoxville. The full squad will resume the dual meet season Thursday, Jan. 10, as the Texas Longhorns visit Auburn for a 3 p.m. dual meet.
LSU Wraps Up 2012 at Auburn Invite
AUBURN, Ala. -- The LSU Diving team finished the fall portion of its season with the platform dive during day three of the Auburn Diving Invitational.
Over the course of the meet, LSU captured three out of six individual titles in a field that consisted of Alabama, Auburn and Georgia Tech.
"This was a perfect culmination for an excellent fall campaign for our diving squad," Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. "We are looking forward to some down time, some time with the family and to put some gas back in the tank. We will come back and work even harder as we move to the champion season."
Freshman Allie Alter notched LSU's all-time third best platform score of 241.50 in a third place finish. Her score qualified her for the NCAA Zone Diving Regionals.
Senior Elle Schmidt set her career high on the platform with a score of 235.75, which is fourth best all-time for LSU, in a fourth place finish.
"Every time we get up there and have an opportunity to compete as individuals and as a team, we are developing more and more on the platform," Shaffer said. "This is exactly what we want to see from competition to competition."
Junior Kevin Leong posted LSU's fourth best all-time platform score (329.30) and ended his run in fourth. Junior Daniel Helm notched his season best with a score of 322.70.
On Tuesday, junior Sean McKinney set an LSU all-time record on the three-meter springboard with a score of 415.50 in a first place performance, making him the first Tiger to break the 400 point barrier in that event.
During the first two days of competition, freshman diver Cassie Weil completed the springboard event sweep with a first place finish on the one-meter with a score of 283.55 and a first place finish on the three-meter with a score of 329.30.
The LSU divers will return to action at the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Jan. 3. The divers will be competing against a stacked field including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, JMU, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Penn State, SMU, San Diego State, Tennessee and Virginia.
The LSU men's swim team will host Kentucky for senior day on Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. (CT) in the LSU Natatorium. All admission to home meets is free of charge.
For more information of the program, please visit LSUsports.net/fancage.