AUBURN SWIMMERS AND DIVERS PERFORM WELL AT TEXAS A&M FALL INVITATIONAL - November 18, 2000

AUBURN SWIMMERS AND DIVERS PERFORM WELL AT TEXAS A&M FALL INVITATIONAL - November 18, 2000

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Swimmers and divers representing Auburn University at the Texas A&M Fall Invitational were led by freshman Caesar Garcia's win in platform diving, as well as outstanding swims by sophomore Jessica Lizzoli and junior Kirk Hampleman.

Auburn sent 12 swimmers and divers to the meet in which eight teams participated. The men's competition included No. 3 Stanford and representatives from No. 1 Texas, while No. 15 SMU competed on the women's side.

In the women's 1-meter diving event Thursday, freshman Ashley Rubenstein captured second place with a finals score of 269.45 while junior Halina Obremsky finished sixth with a score of 237.25 in the finals. On the men's side in the 1-meter diving event, Garcia took fourth place with a score of 296.80.

On Friday, Garcia also finished fourth in the 3-meter diving event, while Rubenstein finished fourth and Obremsky finished fifth. The diving finished up Saturday with the platform event which Garcia won with a score of 487.70. Obremsky finished third while Rubenstein finished sixth.

"Overall I was pleased with the progress all three of them are making. The things that we have been working on are coming along as I hoped they would," said head diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "It was good for us to get a chance to practice in championship format."

Lizzoli finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (51.89), third in the 200 free (1:52.96) and fifth in the 100 back (59.41). Hampleman was second in the 200 back (1:48.04), sixth in the 100 back (49.92) and tenth in the 400 IM (3:58.60).

"Kirk Hampleman had great times this weekend. He really came through for us. Lizzoli did also on the women's side," said assistant coach Adam Schmitt.

Other finalists included James Galloway, who finished seventh in the 400 IM (3:58.64) and fifth in the 1650 free (15:41.72); Andy Haidinyak, who finished eighth in the 100 butterfly (49.74); Mark Gangloff who was third in the 200 breast (2:03.42) and fifth in the 100 breast (56.74); and Jeremy Knowles, who was sixth in the 1650 free (15:45.78) and eighth in the 200 breast (2:09.76). The 800 free relay of Galloway, Haidinyak, Knowles, and Hampleman finished seventh with a time of 6:56.19.

"We had lots of people going lifetime bests and unshaved bests, which is great for this part of the season," said Schmitt. "We had a lot of people racing which is why we came--to give these guys a chance to race."

The Auburn swim team will continue competition at the U.S. Open held at their home pool, the James E. Martin Aquatic Center, Nov. 30-Dec.2.


Last Modified November 18, 2000
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