Auburn Divers Complete First Day of Georgia Diving Invitational
January 3, 2003
ATHENS, Ga. - Caesar Garcia was the top Tiger finisher as the Auburn University divers completed action on the first day of the Georgia Diving Invitational on Friday, Jan. 3, at the Gabrielson Natatorium. Garcia scored a 632.75 to place sixth on the 1-meter and lead the Tigers.
Garcia scored a 318.10 in the prelims, which was the third-best score of the prelims, to advance to the finals. Teammate Matt Bricker scored a 588.40 to place ninth after posting a 303.70 in the prelims. Chris Millican scored a 218.15 to place 24th. Kentucky's Clayton Moss won the event with a 666.25.
Ashley Rubenstein was the top female for the Tigers as she scored a 442.50 in the women's 3-meter to place 11th. AU's Kelsey Patterson scored a 217.25 to place 26th while Rachel Korth collected a 201.95 to place 32nd. LSU's Jessica Wantz won the event with a 535.35.
In what could be considered a preview to the Southeastern Conference championship, eight of the nine conference schools that sponsor swimming and diving are participating in the invitational, and 10 of the top 12 finishers in the men's 1-meter event were from the SEC, including the top nine. All 12 finalists in the women's 3-meter competition are from league schools.
This year's invitational once again featured the "Bulldog Shootout." The "Bulldog Shootout" involves the top-six finishers from the 1-meter competition. Each diver performs one dive in Round 1, and the diver with the lowest score is eliminated. The same procedure takes place through five rounds, and the final diver remaining is the shootout champion.
With a score of 57.00 in the final round, South Carolina's Andy Bradley won the third-annual Bulldog Shootout on the 1-meter while AU's Garcia was third.
The competition continues on Saturday as the men take to the 3-meter and the women the 1-meter.