LSU DIVING WRAPS UP THE SECOND DAY OF THE TENNESSEE DIVING INVITATIONAL
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The LSU Diving team sent three males to the three-meter finals and two females to the one-meter finals during the second day of the Tennessee Diving Invitational.
“It was really good day all around,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “We competed really well. We learned from yesterday. We were better prepared when it came to competing in the preliminaries. All of our performances were better across the board.”
Senior Elle Schmidt posted a season-best score of 281.60 on the three-meter in a sixth place finish. Schmidt totaled 269.70 in the prelims.
Sophomore Alex Bettridge registered a score of 268.85 on the three-meter in an eighth place finish. Bettridge notched the second best prelim score of 283.65.
On the men’s three-meter, junior Sean McKinney came in eighth place with a score of 335.70. McKinney scored a 344.10 in the prelims
Junior Daniel Helm notched a 10th place finish with a score of 297.60. Helm earned a score of 375.60 in the prelims, which is his season best and five points off of his career best.
Senior Jesse Lyman cranked out an 11th place performance with a score of 275.00 after a score of 316.15 in the prelims.
Both teams will compete on the platform tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m. (CT). Live results can be found on Divemeets.com.
“We are not peaking yet, and that is fine,” Shaffer said. “I wouldn’t expect to be at this point. We are right on track for what we need to be doing. To see the improvement from yesterday to today, the maturity is exactly what we want to see. We are going to round it out with one more day and focus on platform.”
MCKEAN FINISHES RUNNER-UP ON 3-METER AT TENNESSEE DIVING INVITE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Auburn sophomore Fraser McKean earned a runner-up finish in the 3-meter springboard final, and two other Tiger divers advanced to their respective finals Friday on the second day of the Tennessee Diving Invitational.
McKean finished his six-dive list in the final with a score of 372.05, moving up three spots after posting a 349.80 to place fifth in the morning’s preliminary round. In addition, junior John Santeiu took a sixth-place finish in the final with a score of 355.15. He added about 34 points to his score from prelims, where he qualified 10th with a 321.55.
Sophomore Michael Beran was just eight points shy of qualifying for the final, posting a 308.75 to finish 16 in prelims. Freshman Andrew Laing was 21st (294.70), freshman Justin Youtsey was 25th (268.55), and the team’s third freshman, Joel Bierwert, was 36th (216.90).
For the Auburn women, sophomore Cinzia Calabretta earned an 11th-place overall finish, scoring a 257.05 in the 1-meter springboard final. Her score marked a slight drop-off from the preliminary round, where her score of 263.10 gave her an eighth-place finish. Freshman Carly Scheper took 16th in prelims with a 248.90, and sophomore Shanna Schuelein was 19th with a 244.35.
“Really pleased with how Fraser stepped it up in the finals, he hit both his big dives,” Auburn head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “John did a better job in the finals, too. On the women’s side, Cinzia did a nice job on her first list, and she was just a little off on one or two dives in the finals. We did some good things today, but we still have work to do to compete to the level of their ability. We’ll work on that over the next several weeks as we get ready for SECs.”
Ferrucci takes first, Hamperian 10th in Friday’s action
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After a rough first day of the Tennessee Diving Invite on Thursday, junior Greg Ferrucci bounced back in a big way on Friday. Ferrucci failed to make the finals of the men’s 1-meter event on Day 1 after battling through an illness. Friday was a completely different story.
As the men and women switched events on Day 2, the Wildcat men took to the 3-meter boards after senior John Fox picked up a third place finish on the 1-meter on Thursday. Evidence that Ferrucci was back on his game showed when he qualified for the finals of the 3-meter with a qualifying score of 346.65, which was good for sixth place. Fellow junior Corey Cowger earned a strong eighth place finish scoring 341.05 in the preliminaries.
In the finals, Ferrucci dominated the field with a final score of 410.85, more than 42 points better than second place finisher Fraser Mckean of Auburn to earn first place. Cowger finished the day in 12th with a final tally of 233.80.
“Greg Ferrucci bounced back and dived solidly in the final to get a win,” said head coach Ted Hautau. “Corey Cowger was outstanding in the preliminary and is showing improvement.”
The victory was Ferrucci’s third of the season on the 3-meter springboard.
John Fox did not compete on Friday suffering from the same bug as Ferrucci.
Freshman Rebecca Hamperian carried the women in the 1-meter event. Hamperian performed well in the preliminaries finishing third with a 281.60 to qualify for the finals. Sarah Chewning, Lindsay Keahey and Christa Cabot each finished within the top-20 but outside the qualifying top-12.
Hamperian could not match her preliminary score in the finals, earning a 258.40, good for 10th place in the event.
“Rebecca Hamperian was not feeling 100 percent, but was still pretty good in the prelims,” said Hautau. “She was tight in the final and needs to believe that she can be one of the best in the SEC. So I expect this was a good learning experience for her.”