Dec. 17, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - For the second straight night, Auburn senior diver John Santeiu finished first, this time on the 1-meter springboard, while teammates Justin Youtsey and Michael Beran placed second and third, respectively, to conclude the second day of the Tuscaloosa Diving Invitational at the Alabama Aquatics Center.
"Overall, I thought we were much sharper tonight in the finals and were consistent in our dives," Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said following Tuesday night's finals. "We talked about finishing our dives and fixing the mistakes this morning. It was a solid day for where we are right now in training."
Santeiu, who opened up the competition on Monday with his third straight victory on the 3-meter, scored 352.00 to pick up his first win on the 1-meter this year. Youtsey finished second in the event with a mark of 345.80. Beran placed third on the 1-meter for Auburn to complete the 1-2-3 finish by the Tigers by scoring a personal-best 327.35 points.
"John improved from his prelim performance from this morning and I was happy to see how Justin and Michael competed tonight," Shaffer said.
The Auburn men have taken the top-three spots in both, the 1-meter and 3-meter events, at the Tuscaloosa Diving Events. The Tigers will look to sweep by climbing to the platform to compete in the meet's final event on Wednesday.
Shanna Schuelein led Auburn's women on the 3-meter with a runner-up finish for the second straight night by posting a score of 306.75, nearly breaking a season-high mark for the junior. Schuelein scored 307.65 points at November's Auburn Invitational for her best score of the fall.
Cinzia Calabretta posted 301.00 points on the 3-meter to finish third for the Tigers. The junior entered Tuesday night's final as the second-seed after scoring 303.20 points in the morning's prelims.
"We want our divers to be over the 300-point mark on the women's side each time we complete on the 3-meter. I glad to see that both Shanna and Cinzia turned in good lists in tonight's final," Shaffer said.
The three-day meet wraps up on Wednesday as both the men and women will compete in the one-list platform final. The event is set to begin at 11 a.m. Living scoring is available through DiveMeets.com.