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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The Auburn University diving teams took four divers on the road Dec. 1-3 to compete in the Bama Diving Invitational which provided an invaluable experience in preparation for the Southeastern Conference Championship to be held in February.

"Overall, we had a couple goals that we were looking to achieve this weekend and we came just one short of our goal," said head diving coach Jeff Shaffer. "We wanted to get everyone qualified for NCAAs and Andrew (Silvuka) was just seven points shy on the 3-meter from qualifying. He is coming off an injury though and has only been training less than a week so he gave a commendable performance."

In the first day of competition, the Tigers placed their two men in the top five in the 1-meter competition with Caesar Garcia finishing third with 268.95 points and Andrew Silvuka placing fourth with 268.15 points. On the women's side in the 3-meter, Halina Obremsky finished seventh with 437.05 points and Ashley Rubenstein was eighth (427.55). Robyn Grimes of Florida took first place in the 3-meter earning a score of 514.55.

Day two consisted of 3-meter action for the men with Garcia finishing No. 3 in the finals with a score of 505.75. Silvuka concluded the event with a sixth place finish and a score of 458.48. Rubenstein beat out teammate Obremsky in the 1-meter earning a fifth place (269.80) while Obremsky finished ninth with a score of 224.65. Jaime Sanger of Tennessee placed first on the day with a score of 291.80.

Platform diving was the event for the final day of competition and Garcia stepped up taking second place with a score of 520.00. The freshman finished second only to 2000 Olympian Gabi Chereches (536.55) of Tennessee, who also was first in the 1-meter (305.55); Shannon Roy finished first in the 3-meter for Tennessee (565.80).

For the women, Obremsky concluded the day with a fourth place finish and a score of 333.85. Rubenstein did not compete for Auburn in the event because of an ear infection. Tennessee's Lizzy Flint captured the top honor in the women's platform with a score of 443.75.

"One thing that we need to address is that we need to make our dives more consistent," said Shaffer. "We have worked on our takeoffs and mechanics, but now we need to be cleaner and finish our dives better. We have also been concentrating on our weight training, but we need to work on our other skills and polishing those. This is a competitive conference and we have our work cut out for us."

The SEC Championships will be held at Alabama February 21-24 in the same venue as the Bama Diving Invitational. Participating teams in the three-day event were Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee.

The Auburn diving teams will be back in action when they compete in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 17-22 during the Tigers' Christmas training trip.

Women                           Men
1-meter                         1-meter
5. Ashley Rubenstein (269.80)   3. Caesar Garcia (268.95)
9. Halina Obremsky (224.65)     4. Andrew Silvuka (268.15)

3-meter                         3-meter
7. Halina Obremsky (437.05)     3. Caesar Garcia (505.75)
8. Ashley Rubenstein (427.55)   6. Andrew Silvuka (458.48)

Platform                        Platform
4. Halina Obremsky (333.85)     2. Caesar Garcia (520.00)

Last Modified December 3, 2000
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