AUBURN, Ala. – Florida State freshman diver Molly Carlson punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships by ways of a fifth place finish in a very tight 3-meter battle at the Zone B Qualifier on Monday at Auburn.
Carlson picked up right where she left off as the ACC Diving Meet MVP, showing her consistency by scoring over 50 points on nine of her 12 dives.
“Molly is such a gamer,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “She’s used to those big meets and she stepped up and did what she needed to do today. I am very proud of her.”
In prelims, Carlson posted a score of 296.05 for eighth place. The Thunder Bay, Ont. native made adjustments on her misses, improving her second round score to 311.45 for a total of 607.50.
Her score placed her in the middle of the pack of NCAA qualifiers, as just 41.90 total points separated the nine divers.
“She thrives on the competition,” Proctor said. “This is a very competitive field and she loves that stage.”
Carlson will join juniors Natalie Pierce, Christina Loh and Tayla Lovemore along with three FSU relays at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. that will run from March 15-18.
In addition to Carlson, junior Blaire Mulka also dove in the finals of 3-meter, posting a tally of 559.90 for 13th place, just ahead of sophomore Cassidy Gebhart who was 15th at 550.10.
The men competed on 1-meter on Monday as junior Tyler Roberge and senior Dylan Grisell finished ninth and 10th respectively, just outside of the NCAA qualifying mark. However, if Roberge or Grisell should advance in 1-meter or platform, they will be allowed to dive 1-meter at NCAA’s due to finishing in the top 12 of the Zone meet.
“It’s not total heartbreak city for those guys,” Proctor said. “They both are better at events that are still to come, but it’s competitive and we’ll have to be better and put our foot on the gas and go.”
Roberge opened with a prelim round score of 326.05, sitting in seventh place. However, Roberge would have to work out of a hole after missing his first two dives in finals. Refusing to quit, Roberge rallied, scoring 54.60 on his forward 2 ½ somersault pike in the third round.
The Edmonton, Alb. native added 55.90 on his forward 2 ½ somersault 2 free twists before closing out the round with a pair of 60.0’s for a total of 640.15, just over six one-hundredths of a point away from the eighth place, NCAA qualifying diver.
Grisell tallied 311.20 in his opening prelim round for ninth place.
In finals, Grisell scored above 50 points on five of his six dives, improving his second round score by 10 points to 321.00 for a total of 632.20 – just over eight points shy from an NCAA bid.
Freshman Aidan Faminoff also advance to his first career Zone B final, finishing 17th with a score of 576.75 after scoring 301.00 in prelims.
Women’s 1-meter prelims will start at 12 p.m. on Tuesday and finals will follow at 3 p.m. with the top 10 finishers advancing to the NCAA Championships. Men’s 3-meter will begin at 5 p.m. with finals starting at 7:15 p.m. with the top 10 also advancing.
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