Dec. 18, 2012
AUBURN - Auburn's divers earned runner-up finishes in both the women's 1-meter and men's 3-meter events as the second day of the Auburn Diving Invitational wrapped up Tuesday at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
Sophomore Cinzia Calabretta came within less than a point of earning her first collegiate win, scoring a 282.60 to take runner-up honors in the women's 1-meter event just behind LSU's Cassie Weil (283.55). Fellow sophomore Shanna Schuelein finished fourth in the final with a 270.05, but had the top score of the day with a 285.45 in the morning's preliminaries. Freshman Carly Scheper finished seventh with a score of 257.05.
"I thought Shanna did a great job in the prelims, she really stepped up," Auburn head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "She wasn't as aggressive tonight, and that was the difference. Cinzia had two solid lists, and it was a close contest. It could have gone either way."
For the Auburn men, junior John Santeiu took runner-up honors in the men's 3-meter final with a score of 379.65, but LSU's Sean McKinney posted a school-record 415.50 to earn the victory. Auburn sophomore Fraser McKean, with the highest degree of difficulty list in the field, took fourth place with a 350.35; his score of 361.75 in prelims was just shy of a season-best.
"Sean did a great job," Shaffer said. "He was the only one in the contest that didn't miss a dive, and that's why he won. I always say that minimizing mistakes will give yourself the best opportunity to be successful. Both John and Fraser made mistakes. It's kind of good and bad - it will hopefully allow them to focus and make the corrections we need to be made on a consistent basis. We didn't compete as well overall today as we did yesterday as a team."
Freshman Andrew Laing took fifth place in the final with a 330.50, while sophomore Michael Beran and freshman Joel Bierwert had their best scores in the preliminaries with a 330.60 and 226.00, respectively.
"I was happy with Andrew, he's continuing to make strong improvement for a freshman," Shaffer said.
The three-day meet wraps up Wednesday with the men's and women's platform event. There will be no prelims, and finals are set for an 11 a.m. start. Admission is free, and live scoring is available through Divemeets.com.