Dec. 18, 2013
Auburn earned four wins at the Tuscaloosa Diving Invitational as the Tigers posted four personal-best performances at the three-day event to wrap up the fall.
The win for Santeiu on the platform completed the sweep for the senior on the men’s side of the competition. Santeiu cruised past the rest of the field with a personal-best score of 415.05 in the one-list platform final, beating his closest competitor by over 100 points. The senior’s previous best score came at last year’s NCAA Men’s Championship in Indianapolis, Ind., scoring 404.95 points.
“Anytime you go over 400 points, it’s a very good sign,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “John competed well today and did a better job of finishing his dives. He left a few points out there, but overall I was very pleased with his efforts.”
The senior also won the 3-meter final on Monday, before earning the victory on the 1-meter springboard with a season-best score during Tuesday night’s final.
Calabretta posted 255.95 points to win the women’s platform title over teammate Shanna Schuelein, who finished second at 237.30. Calabretta’s score marked a season-high for the junior in her second competition of the year on the platform.
“Both Cinzia and Shanna had two really strong dives. Cinzia’s back two-and-a-half was good along with Shanna’s back two-and-a-half with a twist. I thought we competed hard against good competition over the last couple of days and it will help us get ready for the championship portion of our season,” Shaffer said.
On the men’s side, junior Michael Beran placed fourth with 299.50 points, ahead of sophomore Justin Youtsey, who finished in fifth place at 289.00 points in his first competition of the season on the platform.
“As we turn to the championship side of our schedule, we’ve got work to do, but I was proud of how we competed,” Shaffer said. “We will come in train on Thursday morning before the holiday break then get ready for our next competition in Athens.”
Auburn’s divers will compete again after the holiday break at the Athens Diving Invite, which takes place on Jan. 3-5. The full team returns to action at Texas for a dual meet on Jan. 9 at 11 a.m.