Jan. 4, 2013
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."
Platform finals will take place Saturday morning, with the women's final getting underway at 9:30 a.m. CT and the men's final to follow shortly thereafter at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. Live scoring is available through Divemeets.com, and UTSports.com is providing live video of the meet.