INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Florida State freshman diver Ayla Bonniwell closed out her rookie season with an All-America effort on Thursday at the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Ithaca, N.Y., native picked up honorable mention accolades behind a 16th finish in 1-meter diving with a final score of 274.85. Bonniwell became the sixth Florida State diver to earn an All-America nod on 1-meter in school history.
“I am very proud of her,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “She had one helluva freshman year and this was a great way for her to end her season.”
In prelims, Bonniwell was among 52 competitors in the field, climbing her way up from 31st to advance to the consolation heat in 13th place with a score of 279.30.
The consolation heat had five of the eight divers in the field qualify just over a point away from each other, however the scores from prelims erased.
Her final round was just off her prelim total as she opened with a tally of 49.20 on her inward 1 ½ and closed with a mark of 48.75 on her back 1 ½ somersault 1 ½ twists free for a final total of 274.85. She was eighth in the heat and 16th overall.
Bonniwell was also the lone point-scorer from the ACC as well as Zone B.
Freshman Molly Carson also competed on 1-meter, placing 31st with a total of 253.40.
In the pool, the Seminoles started off the day by finishing 23rd in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:29.73 behind the team of senior Lydia Ware, junior Tayla Lovemore, freshman Nika Blank and junior Alexi Smith.
Lovemore competed in her first individual race of the meet, placing 39th in the 50 free at 22.52.
Florida State competed in the 400 medley relay, however was disqualified due to a faulty relay exchange.
“Our relay looked great and was fast,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We were just early. That happens, but we looked great and we have a lot more left in the tank for Friday.”
Friday’s events will include second-seeded Natalie Pierce looking to make history in the 100 breast and Lovemore racing in the 100 fly. In addition, junior Christina Loh will compete in the 100 breast along with Pierce and the Seminoles will race the 200 medley relay. In diving, Carlson will compete on 3-meter.
ESPN3.com will stream the championships finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.
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