Feb. 9, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - The 2011 championship season is set to kick off as the Auburn diving team travels to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the first half of the 2011 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships on the campus of the University of Florida. The three-day competition starts Friday, Feb. 11, and concludes Sunday, Feb. 13.
"We're ready to go and we've demonstrated right from the start of the season a level of consistency," head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "The SEC is one of the more difficult conferences to compete in, but when we look at our results it shows that we have been very successful this season. That gives us a great deal of confidence, understanding that if we take care of our business then we have a great chance of contributing to the overall team's success."
This year's SEC Championships are being broken into two separate weeks of competition with the divers competing first. Swimming competition is set for Feb. 16-19.
TV & LIVE RESULTS
ESPN is slated to tape the 2011 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships and will broadcast the meet on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. The network will announce the broadcast's date and time once it is decided. Live results and live streaming are available for each session and can be found at www.gatorzone.com.
The Auburn women's team is composed of a pair of juniors in Anna Aguero and Vennie Dantin. The duo has built a resume filled with success during their two years at Auburn. Dantin returns to the conference championships as the reigning three-meter springboard champion and was runner-up on the platform last season. Aguero qualified for the finals on all three boards during last year's meet and was runner-up on the one-meter.
Aguero holds the team's best scores on both springboard events. She leads the diving pair with seven individual titles this season - four on the one-meter and three on the three-meter. Dantin has a team-best score on the platform this season with 303.35 points. She has picked up four victories this season with one on the one-meter, another on the three-meter and two on the platform.
The Auburn men's squad is made up of a redshirt senior, one junior, one sophomore and one freshman. Leading the crew is redshirt senior Dan Mazzaferro, who is coming off a ACL injury last season. Mazzaferro has a trio of SEC titles under his belt, winning the platform title in 2008 and 2009 and taking the three-meter in 2009.
Sophomore Thad Ellis is competing in his second SEC meet and reached the final on all three boards last season. For his efforts, he was named the 2009-10 SEC Freshman Male Diver of the Year. Junior Adam Godzinski is taking part in his second SEC meet and freshman John Santeiu IV is looking to have a successful first championship.
Mazzaferro holds the team's best scores on the three-meter and platform and has tallied 10 individual victories this season. Ellis has a team-best score on the one-meter, having 372.45 points. Mazzaferro, Ellis and Santeiu have reached NCAA Zone scores on all three boards, while Godzinski has Zone scores on the springboard events.