March 9, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State diving team begins its quest to qualify divers for the NCAA Championships on Thursday at the NCAA Zone B Championships in Athens, Ga.
“Obviously we are really excited for this meet and it’s one of the biggest meets of the year,” diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “The conference meet was a shot in the arm for our team and they’ve looked good the last couple of weeks so I think we can get a couple of those qualifying spots.”
There are nine spots available on both the men’s and women’s side for a total of 18. The top three finishers on the one-meter, top four on the three-meter and top two on the platform are guaranteed spots at the NCAA Championships. Qualifying gets more complicated after that, but it is possible to make the meet if you earn one of those positions as long as a diver ahead of you has already qualified on another board. Regardless of qualifying procedures the Seminole divers face a tough task with some of the best divers in the country competing in this zone.
“This is a tough event with a strange qualifying system,” Jeffrey said. “It’s the toughest zone in the country and if we can qualify some people through to NCAA’s, we can do something really special there.”
The meet begins on Thursday morning with preliminary rounds of the men’s one-meter and women’s three-meter. For live results and recaps log on to www.seminoles.com.
Swimmers Gear Up For Club Seminole Invite
Meanwhile at the Morcom Aquatic Center, the Florida State swimmers will compete in the Club Seminole Invite on Saturday and Sunday. The long course meet will have prelims beginning at 8:30 a.m., and finals at 5:30 p.m., on both days.