July 18, 2011
SHANGHAI, China -
Former Alabama diver Aaron Fleshner posted a top-10 finish in the finals of the 1-meter competition at the 14th FINA Diving World Championships Monday.
The four-year Crimson Tide All-American wrapped up his first World Championships with 364.60 points, good for ninth place. He opened up finals with 73.60 points on his front 2 ½ with a twist, but had some misses in the later rounds.
"I had some nerves," Fleshner said. "I would have liked to have done a little better, but I had fun. I just need to learn from this and realize it's just another meet."
Flesher, who finished up his storied Alabama career in 2010, will return to China later this summer as a member of the USA World University Games Team. He will compete off the 1 and 3-meter boards as well as in the 3-meter synchro event at the World University Games, which will take place August 11-23 in Shenzhen, China.
Fleshner was a six-time All-American for Alabama from 2007-10, as well as a multiple Southeastern Conference Champion and the 2009 SEC Diver of the Year. He was seventh off the 3-meter board at the 2008 USA Olympic Trials and finished as high as third at the NCAA Championships. He is currently living and training in Tuscaloosa while completing his engineering degree.