March 14, 2010
ATLANTA, Ga. - Sophomores Vennie Dantin and Anna Aguero each earned their ticket to the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on day three of the NCAA Zone B Championships in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Overall, Auburn advanced three divers after the three-day meet. Senior Kelly Marx qualified for the men's NCAA meet on Friday.
"We met our objectives this weekend and I couldn't be more proud of this team's efforts," head coach Jeff Shaffer said. "It was a great three days of competition for us."
Dantin qualified with a third-place finish on the platform Sunday, finishing with a score of 279.45. Aguero finished 11th in the event (231.15), but earned her way to the NCAA meet after finishing sixth on the one-meter Friday.
"Vennie stepped up today and really performed well," Shaffer said. "Today was a big boost for the women and we're hoping this momentum carries through to Purdue."
Marx represented the men on the platform, coming away with a second-place finish with a score of 398.15 points.
"Kelly's performance this weekend was rock solid," Shaffer said. "Most of the tough competition for the NCAA meet was here this weekend and I was very proud with the way he competed."
There were five Zone meets taking place this weekend across the country and these meets gave divers a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Zone B qualified eight women and seven men for the national meet. The women's NCAA Championships will be March 18-20 in West Lafayette, Ind., and the men will compete in Columbus, Ohio, March 25-27.