BRICKER TAKES SIXTH IN 1-METER DIVING FOR TIGERS -- Feb. 19, 2002

BRICKER TAKES SIXTH IN 1-METER DIVING FOR TIGERS -- Feb. 19, 2002

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Auburn freshman diver Matt Bricker dove to a sixth-place finish on the 1-meter springboard Tuesday night at the Southeastern Conference Championships with a score of 293.95.

Also scoring on the 1-meter for Auburn was sophomore Caesar Garcia, who finished 10th on the day with a score of 274.90. Garcia earned a sixth place finish on the 3-meter Monday night while Bricker, a Winter Park, Fla., native, captured fourth Monday night on the 3-meter.

''That was a really good event for Matt tonight,'' head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. ''I was pleased even though he dropped from fourth in prelims to sixth in the finals because he finally had that fire in him tonight that will help him down the road. He had a solid performance and I am very pleased.

''Caesar was very sturdy tonight,'' Shaffer said. ''He was lacking a little difficulty in his dives and we chose to be conservative to save him for the platform event tomorrow. I am very pleased though. He stuck to the game plan and we just need to work a little more on our finishes.''

For the women, sophomore Ashley Rubenstein finished the 3-meter competition in 11th with a score of 439.80 which is just four points off her career best. Freshman Rachel Korth dove to a 19th place finish with a score of 358.15.

''Ashley was very consistent today,'' Shaffer said. ''She had two dives that were a little below what she normally does in practice and it was a little disappointing that she finished 11th again, but on the bright side, we have three weeks to get ready for the zone meet and the NCAA Championships to get better. I am pleased with both Ashley and Rachel’s progress and I am excited for tomorrow’s platform competition.''

The Tigers will be back in action to round out the diving competition and start the swim competition Wednesday, Feb. 20 as the divers compete in the platform event while the swimmers will begin relays with the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.

Last Modified February 19, 2002
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