Dec. 16, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn senior John Santeiu earned his third straight win on the 3-meter springboard, while sophomore Justin Youtsey posted a personal-best mark to conclude the first day of the Tuscaloosa Diving Invitational on Monday at the Alabama Aquatics Center.
"I thought our team performed well in the finals after this morning's prelim round," Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "This event gives us experience for the future when it comes time to compete at the SEC Championships; all I asked of our team is that we competed hard and executed our dives. Tonight was a good start for our team and I was glad to see our improvement from early in the day."
Santeiu, along with junior Fraser McKean and Youtsey posted a 1-2-3 finish in the 3-meter competition. Santeiu's score of 391.45 was nearly a 30-point improvement from his second-place score of 361.60 in Monday morning's prelims. Santeiu's third-straight victory in the 3-meter dates back to Auburn's dual meet win at LSU on Nov. 2.
"I thought all three turned in big lists and improved on their performances from this morning. John, Fraser and Justin competed well and anytime you can finish in the top-three is really positive," Shaffer said.
McKean's score of 377.20 was good enough for second, the highest score by the junior this season in the 3-meter. McKean was the top-seed entering Monday night's finals after scoring 364.15 in the morning's prelim session.
Youtsey posted a personal-best 366.60 for third place to complete the 1-2-3 finish for Auburn. The sophomore's mark replaced a personal-best mark of 354.00 from the NCAA Zone Diving Championships last season. Kevin Beran also finished ninth for the Tigers with a score of 307.35.
On the women's side, Shanna Schuelein nearly recorded a personal best in the 1-meter competition, finishing second posting a season-high score of 292.25, just two points shy of career-best. The junior finished as the runner-up behind Alabama's Paige McCleary. Junior Cinzia Calabretta's score of 267.85 was good enough for a third-place finish in the 1-meter.
"Both Shanna and Cinzia improved on their prelim lists and turned in good performances," Shaffer said. "Shanna was very close to breaking a personal-best mark in the 1-meter and I thought they both competed well, but we've still got two more dates of competition."
Tuesday's action begins at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Aquatics Center as divers from Auburn, LSU and Alabama return for women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter competition. Finals are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.