TORONTO, Ont. – Four members of the Florida State diving team will be competing at the 2016 Canadian Summer Nationals and Olympic Trials, which will be held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre from June 10-11.
“This is the biggest stage of the year for these guys,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “All of these guys have been here before and we’d love for them to come out and put together some great lists.”
The competition venue – The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Rising senior Dylan Grisell along with junior Tyler Roberge will compete in both 3-meter springboard and 10-meter platform.
“I’m coming off a great NCAA season I am very excited to return home and compete,” Grisell said. “It’s my second trials and it’s in my home pool and I’m looking forward to being with my Canadian diving family. Hopefully, I can head home and put together some solid lists and have a great experience.”
In addition to the Olympics, spots for the remaining four 2016 FINA Diving Grand Prix meets will also be up for grabs.
“This is my second trials,” Roberge said. “This time I’m going to go in with a different mindset. In 2012, this was my first big event and I was fortunate enough to make the cut to compete. This year, I’m going in with the determination. It will also be awesome to have Dylan there with me to feed the fire to strive for greatness at this meet.”
Joining the veterans Grisell and Roberge will be incoming freshmen Aiden Faminoff and Molly Carlson.
Carlson is no stranger to the stage as she is a member of the Canadian National Team. She represented her country in a wealth of internationals competitions including the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the 2013 Junior Pan American Games where she won gold on 3-meter with a score of 381.00.
She will be competing on 3-meter after a nagging injury forced her to withdraw from 10-meter.
“I am very grateful to be competing in the 2016 Olympic Trials as overcoming injuries has limited my number of competitions this year,” Carlson said. “I look forward to gaining more experience at the senior level from these trials which will help prepare me for my FSU journey soon to come. My goal is to make the finals and perform my dives to the best of my ability. Overall, I am very excited to compete.”
Faminoff is also an international competitor as he won bronze at the 2015 Junior Pan American Championships in 3-meter synchro. He will be diving both 3-meter and 10-meter.
“It’s surreal for me to be competing at Olympic Trials,” Faminoff said. “I have grown up, watching all these athletes compete at these trials and telling myself I want to be a part of that. Finally I get my shot. My goal is to land on my head and rip. I’m excited and I’m ready to face another challenge and I can’t wait to start my journey to Florida a few days after trials and represent such an amazing school.”
On Friday, prelims for women’s 3-meter and men’s 10-meter will take place starting at 11 a.m., followed by finals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday will follow the same format with women’s 10-meter and men’s 3-meter.
Live results and video can be followed at Diving Plongeon Canada.
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