GREENSBORO, N.C. – On the second day of the 2018 ACC Championships, Florida State was fueled by three divers competing in the men’s 1-meter final. Freshman Josh Davidson won bronze with a score of 368.20 ahead of sophomore Cameron Thatcher in fifth (347.00) and sophomore Aidan Faminoff in eighth (300.50).
“I’m really happy with all of the guys today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They really stepped up and represented us well.”
Florida State was the only school to advance multiple divers into the men’s 1-meter final. It was also the first time since the 2012 ACC Championships (Tom Neubacher, Mike Neubacher, Ford McLiney) three Noles dove in a springboard final.
By winning the bronze medal, Davidson is the first to win multiple ACC diving medals at one meet since 2011 when Landon Marzullo took home three silvers.
Thatcher (360.95) and Davidson (354.85) carried their momentum from Wednesday’s 3-meter final into Thursday’s prelims. However, Faminoff had to fight to get into his second career ACC final as he saved his best dive for last, scoring 63.55 on his inward 2 ½ somersault tuck in order to jump two spots into seventh place with a final score of 332.10.
In finals, Davidson never fell out of the top three during all six rounds, putting down four dives that scored above 60 points. The Tomball, Texas, native remained in bronze medal position from round four on, closing out his round with high best score of 68.20 on his inward 2 ½ somersault.
Thatcher was one of five divers in finals to register a dive above 70 points as he finished on a 71.30 inward 2 ½ tuck with marks of 7.0-8.5. The Toledo, Ohio native battled through adversity in the round, slipping on the take-off of his fourth dive which was a front 3 ½ somersault tuck. Despite the faulty start, Thatcher fought to save the dive for marks of 5.0-6.0 for a total of 51 points.
Faminoff took a risk in finals, changing two of his dives from prelims in order to increase his degree of difficulty. Faminoff’s scores ranged from 40.50-58.90 per round behind an average mark of 6.19. The Victoria, B.C. native also performed an inward 2 ½ tuck on his final round, scoring his highest tally of 58.90.
“Aidan has been battling an injury,” Proctor said. “Today’s event was probably his least proficient event and I think this will set him up to have a nice platform later in the meet.”
As a platform specialist, Faminoff will look to compete in his second-straight ACC final on Saturday.
In the women’s swimming portion of the meet, the Seminoles had three individuals advance to finals.
Junior Shelly Drozda dropped four seconds off her seed time in the 500 free to advance to the bonus final of the event after a 19th place finish in prelims of 4:49.24, which is the 10th fastest swim in school history.
At night, Drozda swam a solid race, touching in fifth in the heat slightly off her prelims swim at 4:49.56 for 21st place overall.
Seniors Alexi Smith and Tayla Lovemore also competed in the C final of the 50 free after posting times of 22.61 and 22.62 respectively in prelims. Smith’s morning swim was the best of her career and ninth fastest in school history. In finals, Lovemore finished 20th touching at 20.60 just ahead of Smith in 22nd at 22.63.
Lovemore and Smith came back to race on the 200 free relay along with freshman Emma Terebo and senior Ariel Barber. Terebo, Lovemore, Barber and Smith finished in eighth place with a time of 1:30.39.
“It was a tough day for us,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We are due for some luck and we have some of our best events scheduled for tomorrow. We’re looking to have a big morning.”
The Seminoles have four student-athletes seeded within the top eight in three different events on Friday, led by senior Natalie Pierce, who is the top seed in the 100 breast at 59.35.
Friday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. The top 24 will advance to finals, which start at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on WatchESPN. The women will compete in 3-meter prelims starting at 12 p.m.
Florida State is in ninth place with a total of 186.5. For more information, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.