Bricker and Garcia Win Synchronized Three- and Ten-Meter at American Cup
January 10, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Auburn University's Matt Bricker and Caesar Garcia teamed up to win both the 3-meter and 10-meter synchronized diving events as the Speedo American Cup 2003 got underway on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatics Center on the Indiana University campus.
Bricker, the reigning Southeastern Conference champion on the 10-meter, and Garcia, an All-American on the 3-meter, combined to score a 299.46 on the 10-meter, easily distancing themselves from the second-place team (240.18). On the 3-meter, the duo registered a 291.54 compared to the second-place score of 288.75 by Bryce Dumais and Philip Jones.
"It was really a great atmosphere," AU Diving Coach Jeff Shaffer said. "They play music during the event and while our guys were up, 'Eye of the Tiger' blared over the sound-system, really pumping our guys up. This was a great night for us."
Garcia narrowly missed advancing on the men's 3-meter earlier in the day as the Baton Rouge, La., native scored a 332.52 to place ninth in the preliminary round. Garcia had to go through a qualifying round on Wednesday, Jan. 8, to appear in the Cup preliminaries where he placed seventh with a score of 331.05.
Junior Ashley Rubenstein and sophomore Rachel Korth failed to qualify for the quarterfinals on the women's 10-meter platform as the pair finished 16th and 18th, respectively. Rubenstien amassed a score of 213.78 while Korth collected a 174.87. The last score to advance to the quarterfinals was a 254.31, posted by Cassandra Cardinell of Indiana University. Erin Stones from Trojan Diving had the top score of the preliminary round, achieving a 296.40.
"This morning was very frustrating in that we were so close with Caesar on the 3-meter and the girls on the platform," Shaffer said. "Ashley just missed a dive, which if she makes she moves on to the quarterfinals. But, we are not here only to compete, but also to get some solid training and meet experience heading into the rest of the season."
Rubenstein will get another crack at the finals round as she competes in the 10-meter competition on Saturday.