March 10, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four of Auburn’s seven divers advanced to finals on the first the day of competition at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Monday at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.
Fraser McKean led Auburn’s men finishing sixth with a 12-dive list of 756.55 on the 3-meter, while senior John Santeiu was just behind the junior in seventh, posting a score of 751.95. Sophomore Justin Youtsey was 12th overall recording a score of 685.55 with his 12-dive list in the 18-diver final.
“Today, I thought Fraser McKean performed probably his best list that he's done since he’s been at Auburn. I was very proud of his performance,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “John stepped up at the end of his list, but didn’t finish some dives early on and Justin was solid, turning in a very good list. We’re in a spot right now where we didn’t qualify today, so we’ve got to be ready to compete tomorrow.”
Duke’s Nick McCrory, a 2012 Olympian, and Tennessee’s Maurico Robles have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with their first and second-place finishes on the 3-meter, respectively.
McKean currently holds the No. 14 priority spot on the men’s side, while Santeiu holds the No. 17 spot. The duo looks to qualify for NCAAs on the 1-meter board on Tuesday. Santeiu won the SEC title on the 1-meter in February, while McKean took bronze. The top-7 divers on the men’s side qualify for the Men’s NCAA Championship in Austin, Texas.
In the women’s 1-meter competition, junior Shanna Schuelein advanced to the final, posting a 12-dive total of 535.75 for 16th place overall. Sophomore Morgan Mullins missed the finals by 4.6 points, finishing 19th overall at 257.65. Junior Cinzia Calbretta was 22nd with a 253.15 and Carly Scheper was 23rd with a six-dive score of 248.80.
“Shanna had five very good dives each round, I thought she performed very well in the final with a lot of consistency. Morgan just missed the final in 19th, but I thought she did a very good job of competing against the field and hitting the dives on her list,” Shaffer said.
Miami’s Thea Rock and Florida State’s pair of Katrina Young and Ariel Rittenhouse finished in the top-three to earn spots at the Women’s NCAA Championships. The top-three spots on the 1-meter qualify on the women’s side, while tomorrow’s 3-meter competition offers four automatic qualifying spots for the top finishers.
The groups swap boards for Tuesday’s second day of competition. The women’s 3-meter gets underway at 10 a.m. CT, and the men’s 1-meter event starts at 2:30 p.m. CT. Finals will follow each event and live scoring is available on Divemeets.com.