LSU to Hold Diving Invitational

by Jesse Delerno
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LSU to Hold Diving Invitational

BATON ROUGE — The LSU diving corps will welcome divers from Southeastern Conference foes Auburn and Alabama to Baton Rouge for the LSU Diving Invitational, beginning Thursday.

The competition will run through Saturday in the LSU Natatorium. The prelims for the springboard events will begin at 11:30 a.m. (CT) on Thursday and Friday with the finals starting at 4 p.m. The platform competition (finals only) will begin at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday. 

The LSU Natatorium is located at the corner of Nicholson Drive and W. Chimes Street next to the tennis practice courts and Carl Maddox Field House. Admission is free.

Fans can follow the results on www.DiveMeets.com. In addition, updates will be posted on the LSU swimming and diving Twitter page @LSUswimdive and on the programs’ Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/LSUswimdive).

“The LSU Diving Invitational gives us an opportunity to end the calendar year on a competitive note with not only the one-meter and three-meter events but the platform as well,” co-head coach Doug Shaffer said. “Historically, we have one last competition in December before the new year, and this will set us up for the Tennessee Diving Invitational in the beginning of January.

“This invite will puts us right back in the swing of things following finals week, and it’s nice to be able to host this event in our own venue.”

Juniors Brian Gemberling and Matt Vieke and freshmen Daniel Helm and Sean McKinney will represent the men’s diving contingent, while sophomores Rebecca St. Germain and Elle Schmidt will compete on the women’s side.

Helm has spearheaded the men’s efforts through the first three months of the season, leading the team in the three-meter and platform. A two-time SEC Diver of the Week honoree, Helm holds the third-highest platform score in the conference (331.40) and the highest three-meter score among freshmen (369.10).

Gemberling enters the competition with the Tigers’ highest one-meter score for the season (341.48) and is ranked in the conference’s top 15 in all three events, while Vieke’s top scores in the one-meter and platform are currently in the SEC’s top 15.

McKinney is also ranked in the conference’s top 15 in all three events and possesses the second-best one-meter score among freshmen (328.60).

St. Germain, the reigning SEC Freshman Diver of the Year, is currently fifth in the SEC in the three-meter (326.25) and sixth in the one-meter (298.50). Schmidt brings in a season-best one-meter score of 251.20.

Auburn is led by former SEC champions Dan Mazzaferro and Vennie Dantin, while SEC silver medalist Adam Booher and women’s freshman Callan Buck lead the Crimson Tide.

LSU Diving Invitational
December 16-18, 2010
Schedule of Events

Thursday, Dec. 16
Prelims (women’s 3M, men’s 1M) – 11:30 a.m.
Men’s 1M Final – 4 p.m.
Women’s 3M Final – 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 17
Prelims (women’s 1M, men’s 3M) – 11:30 a.m.
Women’s 1M Final – 4 p.m.
Men’s 3M Final – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18
Men’s and Women’s Platform (combined event) – 11:30 a.m.