Three Divers Advance on Day 2 in Alabama

by Jesse Delerno
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Three Divers Advance on Day 2 in Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — LSU sophomore divers Brian Gemberling and Matt Vieke each posted top-five finishes, and freshman Elle Schmidt reached the finals of the women’s three-meter springboard to lead the Tigers on the second day of Alabama’s Christmas Diving Classic Friday.

Gemberling delivered a fourth-place finish in the men’s one-meter, his second top-five finish in as many days, as the Levittown, Pa., native scored 311.85 points on six dives in the final round. Vieke placed fifth in that competition with a 302.45 mark.

Schmidt qualified for her first final of the meet, registering seventh-place in the women’s three-meter with a score of 257.25 after totaling 265.20 points in the preliminaries.

Furthermore, freshman Rebecca St. Germain took first-place in the consolation final of the women’s three-meter, tallying 304.30 points, while fellow freshman Jesse Lyman finished ninth in the prelims of the men’s one-meter with a mark of 239.00.

“I thought again, we had some nice individual performances,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “Brian finished fourth, and Matt did a nice job on one-meter. Elle made the finals in her event. Certainly, we have some work to do, but I’m excited with how we performed, and I think we are on target with where we need to be at this point.”

Alabama’s Adam Booher held off teammate Aaron Fleshner for the men’s one-meter title with a 354.10 score. Auburn’s Vennie Dantin won the women’s three-meter (342.90).

The Christmas Diving Classic will conclude Saturday with the men’s and women’s platform competitions, which begin at 11:15 a.m. (CST). Live results are available at www.divemeets.com.