March 11, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three Auburn men’s divers posted top-10 finishes in the 1-meter competition during the second day of action at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatics Center on Tuesday.
Senior John Santeiu IV led the team with a 12-dive list that scored 712.10 to place fifth overall on the 1-meter during Tuesday’s competition. Junior Fraser McKean scored 697.05 for seventh place as both divers put themselves in contention to qualify for the men’s NCAA championships, but both still need another good performance tomorrow on the platform to improve their priority.
“John rebounded from a dive to recover and finish strong, while I thought Fraser put himself in a place where with good performance on tower tomorrow he can improve his standing,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “On tower, a top-3 performance by both of them could secure a spot at NCAAs.”
Sophomore Justin Youtsey also turned in another great performance at the meet, this time on the 1-meter, scoring 622.00 points in the 18-diver final to claim 10th overall. The sophomore turned in a 323.25 to earn a spot in the final.
“Justin was very good again today, he’s a gamer and I thought he performed very well,” Shaffer said. “He had four great dives and I think if he can get stronger with the other two dives it will translate very well for him in the future.”
The Auburn women also earned two spots in the finals on Tuesday as the Tigers competed on the 3-meter. Sophomore Morgan Mullins was the top performer on the day, nearly breaking a personal record in the prelims, scoring 291.55 to her a spot in the final, and then besting that score later in the day with 298.00 points to season a personal best. The sophomore finished with a 12-dive score of 589.55 to take 16th overall.
“Morgan Mullins did an incredible job to lead us today, I thought she finished her dives well and turned in a good list. She almost set a personal best in the prelims and then she ended up scoring 298 to set a new PR in the final,” Shaffer said.
The final day of competition gets underway at 10 a.m. CT as both groups take to the platform. The men open the day on the tower first and then the women will climb the platform at 2:30 p.m for prelims. Finals will follow each event and live scoring is available on Divemeets.com.