March 12, 2006
LEXINTONG, Ky. – Freshman Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) qualified for the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships on the 3M at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships held at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
“I felt like his (Scott Derner) diving was well suited for this format,” said diving head coach Patrick Jeffery. “He is very consistent and had a very solid performance. I have people on my team that can do better dives but he doesn’t do anything bad. He is very consistent. He is a solid competitor and that really makes a difference in order to qualify for nationals.”
Derner finished fifth on the 3M with 610.90 points on Friday, March 10 to earn one of 13 spots to nationals.
“I had three guys that had a pretty good shot at making it to nationals,” said Jeffery. “We are still a little bit young so maybe in a year we will have a better chance of getting two or three guys in. I am very happy to come out of here having Scott (Derner) qualify. I think if he can do the same thing that he did here then he has a good chance of finishing in the top 16 at nationals.”
Sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.), junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) also competed in finals for FSU. Tilbrook finished 12th on the 1M with 565.05 points on Saturday, March 11 and 17th on the 3M with 537.60 points on Friday. Lerew took ninth on the 3M with 562.75 points on Saturday. Frebel finished tenth on the platform with 531.40 points on Sunday.
The women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships are March 16-18 in Athens, Ga. while the men’s are March 23-25 in Atlanta, Ga.