Rubenstein and Bricker Each Claim Titles at the Georgia Diving Invitational
Jan. 5, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn senior Ashley Rubenstein was the top finisher on the 1-meter while AU junior Matt Bricker won the men's platform event as the Auburn diving team competed at the 2004 Georgia Diving Invitational at the Gabrielson Natatorium.
Rubenstein's victory on the 1-meter on Saturday was AU's first title of the event as the senior scored a 301.10. The Columbia, Mo., native was not done there, however, as she placed third in the 3-meter during Sunday's competition with a personal-best and school-record score of 503.50. She then closed out the competition on Monday with a 379.80 on the platform, placing second.
Bricker scored a career-best 600.20 on the final board of the meet, just out-scoring his Auburn teammates freshman Steven Segerlin (594.65) and senior and 2003 NCAA platform champion Caesar Garcia (564.55) as the Tigers swept the top three spots. Andrew Sivulka was fifth with a score of 465.35.
Other performances of note for the AU men were Garcia's second-place finish on the 3-meter (601.50) while Segerlin was fifth with a 549.90. Segerlin also placed third on the 1-meter (342.55), one spot ahead of Garcia's 320.10. For the women, junior Rachel Korth's placed fifth on the platform with a score of 367.60 while Lynnsey Segraves' placed seventh on the 1-meter (242.60).
College Sports Television (CSTV) was on hand at the weekend event and will produce two shows to highlight this year's Georgia Diving Invitational. The first show will air at 9 p.m. on Jan. 15 while the second segment will air Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. The two shows will air a combined 23 times between Jan. 15 and Feb. 9. Check out CSTV's website at www.cstv.com/tvschedule.htm for a complete listing of dates and times.
The event is arguable a preview to the upcoming NCAA Championships as some of the top divers in the country convened in Athens for the three-day competition.
The top-ranked AU men return to the pool on Friday, Jan. 9, when the squad travels to Austin, Texas, for a two-day meet with the No. 2-ranked Texas Longhorns.