Jan. 5, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Auburn's divers wrapped up the Tennessee Diving Invitational Monday with juniors Kelly Marx and Dan Mazzaferro going 1-2 in the platform competition. Marx posted a score of 406.55 for the win with Mazzaferro right behind him, scoring 393.00 points.
"I am very pleased, especially on the men's side with Kelly and Dan stepping up big time," said Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "It was nice to see some of the SEC competition, the only ones we have not gone against yet are Kentucky and South Carolina. So, it gave us a pretty good indication of where we stand and what we need to work on to get ready for SECs."
Also competing in the men's platform was senior Scott Morgan. He finished eighth with a score of 271.15. On the women's side, freshmen Vanessa Dantin (215.40) and Anna Aguero (213.25) competed, finishing eighth and 10th, respectively.
The platform competition marked the end of the three-day meet. Marx and Mazzaferro led the Tigers in the meet, finishing in the top 10 in all three events. In the 1-meter, Marx finished fourth with Mazzaferro in ninth and in the 3-meter, it was Mazzaferro in third and Marx in fourth.
"This was really challenging, but the opportunity to go up to Knoxville, where we will be contesting the Zone meet, is very important," said Shaffer. "We are very ragged right now after the tough fall semester, and we tried to use the meet to get back into the swing of things and best prepare ourselves for the upcoming championship portion of our season.
"Everyone had a very positive experience at the meet. Our place showings did not always dictate the progress we are making, but it is all a process to get ready for SEC Championships and NCAA Zone Championships."
The Auburn divers return to action this week as the swimming and diving teams host national powerhouse Texas. The meet is set to begin at 3 p.m. at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the Auburn campus.