AU's Garcia Wins Spot On U.S. Olympic Team

St. Peters, Mo.--Caesar Garcia's incredible senior year at Auburn University just got better with Garcia winning a spot on the U.S. Olympic diving team on Saturday night.

Garcia scored 1,159.94 points to finish in first place in the platform diving. Garcia, who was a repeat winner of the SEC and NCAA championships in platform diving earlier this year, had a substantial edge over Thomas Finchum, who scored 1,062.09 points for second place.

Garcia, who is from Baton Rouge, La., has won numerous athletic and academic awards this year. Now he will travel to Athens, Greece where he will join Jose Rocha of Mexico as the only Auburn divers to compete in the Olympics.

"It has been a great year and a great meet," Garcia said. "I just have to thank all of my family and friends."

Caesar Garcia is the top diver in AU history.

Garcia went into Saturday night's finals with a solid lead built in Monday's preliminary rounds. The scores from those rounds carried over into the finals. "I came into the meet with a little bit of a lead and it gave me a little bit of confidence," he said. "After that last dive I knew I could relax and have fun. It was such a blast." Garcia said.

Auburn diving coach Jeff Shaffer is excited about coaching his first Olympian. "It was an unbelievable performance," Shaffer said. "We are so proud of Caesar. The support from the crowd, and especially the support of the St. Louis Auburn Alumni Club, was great. I don't think it has quite hit me yet. What an awesome, awesome performance."

Another Auburn diver, Steven Segerlin, scored 906.81 o finish seventh

AU women's diving team member Ashley Rubenstein finished sixth in the three-meter springboard competition that was won by Kimiko Soldati with a score of 884.70. Rubenstein scored 761.13.

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