March 1, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
Four male and three female Auburn divers will compete this Friday through Sunday at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships in Athens, Ga., attempting to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis.
A total of eight men and 11 women will advance from the group of 42 male and 50 female divers that are schedule to compete at the Zone B meet, which is one of five zone meets taking place across the country this weekend. In all, 35 men and 41 women will advance from the zones to the NCAA Championships.
"This is probably one of the most pressure-packed competitions in all of sports," said head diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "It doesn't matter how successful we were at the SEC meet. None of that carries over. It's a one-shot deal in each event to advance, and it will take our very best effort. I'm confident that our ability to compete will put us in a position to advance, but it has always been a tough competition and there are a lot of talented divers that will be competing for those spots."
Competing from the Auburn men's squad will be senior Steven Segerlin, sophomore Scott Morgan and freshmen Kelly Marx, Dan Mazzaferro and Caleb Dunnichay. The women's team will be represented by senior Lynnsey Segraves, sophomore Corey Gerlach and freshman Emily Griesemer.
Segerlin won the platform competition and was runner-up on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards last at last year's zone meet, and will be a favorite to advance again this year. The SEC Diver of the Year, Segerlin was also the NCAA Champion in platform last year. Auburn's freshmen could also have an impact, as Mazzaferro was named SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year and Marx placed in the top six of all three events at the SEC meet.
For the women, Gerlach won the 3-meter event and finished third on the 1-meter board as a freshman at last year's zones to advance. Segraves has qualified for the NCAA Championships twice previously, including last season when she finished fourth on platform at the zone meet.
Competition will begin with men on the 1-meter board and women on the 3-meter board on Friday at noon. The men and women will switch events Saturday at noon, before concluding with the platform competition Sunday at 10 a.m.
Divers who advance will join the swimmers for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. The women's NCAA meet is March 8-10, while the men will compete March 15-17.
Live results will be available on Georgia's athletics website: www.georgiadogs.com.