April 22, 2007
Rising sophomore Dan Mazzaferro punched his ticket to the 2007 Summer World University Games with his performance at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships in Boyd, Md.
Mazzaferro finished in sixth place in the finals of the men's platform competition Sunday, posting a career-best score of 402.00. Previously in the competition, Mazzaferro had finished in third place on Friday in the men's synchronized diving competition.
"It feels great," said Mazzaferro. "I came in with the goal to make the World University Games. I knew from summer nationals that I could score in the 400s, and that was my goal was to go over 400 again. Being able to break 400 in the last meet makes me very proud and I'm very happy with my performance. I'm looking forward to being able to represent Team USA and being able to build relationships and friendships with other divers on the national team."
"It was a great way to end this season," said Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "Now we get some time off and can start to work on what we have to do this summer and for next year. It was a great meet for Dan and I couldn't be prouder."
Also, former Tiger Ashley Rubenstein finished sixth in the women's 3-meter springboard in her final event prior to retiring from the sport. She posted a score of 293.95.
"It felt awesome," said Rubenstein. "I was hoping to come here and have fun and enjoy my friends and parents being here while performing well, and that's what happened. It's one of the most fun meets I've ever been to.
"I was worried that I was going to be sad after it was done and in some ways I am, but I'm also really excited. When you compete at the level that we compete at you miss out on things like spending holidays with your family and spending more time with your friends, but now I'll be able to do the things I haven't been able to do in the past. I'm excited to start the next chapter in my life."
"It was a very strong performance," said Shaffer. "I'm really proud of everything she's done for Auburn and the progress she's made in her personal development and in the sport."
The Summer World University Games will take place Aug. 8-18 in Bangkok, Thailand.