March 9, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – Seven Auburn divers will compete for a chance to earn a spot in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this week as the Tigers head to Greensboro, N.C., for the NCAA Zone B Meet which runs Monday through Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
17 schools will send divers to compete at the three-day meet. Zone B have seven spots allocated for the men, while the women have nine spots available for the NCAA Championships. For divers this meet is their once chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
“We’ve got a shot one deal to get into the NCAA Championships and a very strong field to compete against,” Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. “Basically, what it comes down to for us is being consistent and minimizing mistakes.”
Auburn sends three divers to compete on the men’s side, led by senior John Santeiu IV. The senior look to make his third straight appearance at the NCAA Championships and won gold at last year’s meet on the 3-meter springboard. He also captured the 2014 SEC title on the 1-meter last month in Athens, Ga.
Junior Fraser McKean looks to earn his first invite to the NCAA Championships and enters the meet after earning two medals at February’s SEC Championships. Last year, McKean narrowly missed earning a spot at the NCAA Championships and finished third on the 1-meter at the 2013 Zone B Meet. Sophomore Justin Youtsey will also compete for the Tigers at the meet for the second straight year.
On the women’s side, four Tigers will compete for one of nine spots to earn a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. Juniors Cinzia Calabretta, Shanna Schuelein will join sophomores Morgan Mullins and Carly Scheper at the meet.
Calabretta and Schuelein both made the finals on platform at the 2014 SEC Championships, while Schuelein competed in the 3-meter final as well. The pair turned in personal bests on the tower at last month’s competition.
The Tigers open up the competition on Monday with the women beginning the action on the 1-meter board at 10 a.m. CT, while the men take to the 3-meter on the 2:15 p.m. CT. Finals will follow after the conclusion of each prelim.
Live results from the competition will be available on Divemeets.com.