March 5, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. – The Florida State men’s and women’s diving team finished their first day of competition at the Zone B Diving Championships at the University of Auburn today.
“Everyone dove solid today,” Head diving coach Pat Jeffrey said. “We’re in a good position after the first day. We’re hanging around but we need to be a little more aggressive tomorrow and our kids know that and they’re excited for it. ”
On the 1-meter springboard, junior Ariel Rittenhouse finished fifth with a total score 576.15 after 12 dives. Although she hasn’t automatically qualified for NCAA’s, there is a chance she could be invited into the competition depending on how rest of the competition pans out.
Sophomore Kelsey Goodman also made the final round and finished ninth in the event with an overall score of 550.95.
The men dove the 3-meter springboard today and senior Mike Neubacher took seventh with a total of 728.40. Although Neubacher is in seventh, he still isn’t out of the running to qualify for NCAA’s. Freshman Ford McLiney finished ninth with 722.00 and sophomore Tom Neubacher placed 12th with 715.14.
The competition will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. (CT) with the preliminaries of the men’s 1-meter springboard. Finals will immediately follow. Women’s 3-meter will begin at 3:30 p.m. (CT) with finals to follow.
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