ATLANTA- On the final night of the 2015-16 swimming and diving season, Florida State junior Dylan Grisell made his mark on history by placing seventh on platform at the NCAA Championships, which came to a close on Saturday at the McAuley Aquatic Center. With his seventh place performance, Grisell becomes the first men’s platform All-American in Florida State history as Mike Neubacher (2011, 11th) and Tom Neubacher (2013, 15th) previously earned honorable mention in the event.
“History is history,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Dylan had an awesome prelim round and gave himself the chance to compete tonight. He got it done in the morning and I’m proud of him for that.”
Grisell started the night with a score of 67.50 on his front 3.5 before earning marks of 56.55 and 50.40 on his next two dives. However, he was tripped up on his arm stand tuck, scoring 31.25.
Sitting in eighth place heading into his back 3.5 tuck – a dive where he faltered and scored 28.05 points in prelims, Grisell turned the tables earning a tally of 84.15 giving himself momentum with a strong dive left.
“That’s such a tough dive for anyone,” Proctor said. “His final round wasn’t as clean as his prelims, but man, he smoked that dive at finals and that was awesome.”
The Toronto, Ont. native capitalized on his back 2.5 1.5 twister, scoring 76.80 for a total of 366.75, finishing seventh.
“I was very happy and excited to make it into the final,” Grisell said. “I was up against some amazing competition and unfortunately I made mistakes you can’t afford to make at this level, but I enjoyed the experience and it was a lot of fun.”
In prelims, Grisell came out of the gates blazing, scoring totals of 69, 73.95, 61.60 and 79.20 before slipping to seventh following his back 3.5 tuck.
Grisell rebounded, saving his best dive for last, scoring 81.60 on his back 2.5 1.5 twister, leaving him in sixth place with a total of 393.40.
Junior Jason Coombs competed in the 200 breast, placing 18th.
Swimming in heat three, lane four, Coombs had the lead at the 100 split, turning at 54.67.
“He got out in front and led for most of the race,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “He gave himself a shot, he just fell a little short on the back half.”
During the final 50 yards, the field closed in as Connor Hope of California and Arthur Osvath turned even with Coombs on the last turn.
Coombs used his strong pullout to propel him in front for the final strokes, but the late surge from Hope and Osvath was too much to overcome as he took third in the heat at 1:55.63, slightly off his seed time of 1:54.95.
“I think he learned a lot this meet,” Bradley said. “He’s got one more year left and I know he’s more than capable to making a bigger impact on this level next season. He’s going to need to step up both in the pool and as a leader for us and good things will happen.”
Florida State finished the meet in 31st place behind Grisell’s seventh place showing.
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