TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nine members of the Florida State diving team will look to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Championships this week at the Zone B qualifier, which will run from March 6-8 at Auburn.
Senior Dylan Grisell, juniors Tyler Roberge and Cameron Johnson along with freshman Aidan Faminoff will look to advance in addition to redshirt junior Alexia Gonzelz, junior Blaire Mulka, sophomore Cassidy Gebhart, freshman Ayla Bonniwell, and rookie Molly Carlson on the women’s side.
“It’s time to get up and go,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “This is where it counts. This is one of the toughest zones in collegiate diving and it think we’re ready compete.”
Prelims for men’s 1-meter will start at 11 a.m. with the top 18 advancing to finals at 1:15 p.m. with scores carrying over. The top eight athletes will advance to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. from March 22-25.
Women’s 3-meter will begin at 3:15 p.m. and finals will follow at 6:15 p.m. the top nine finishers will advance, joining juniors Christina Loh, Natalie Pierce and Tayla Lovemore in addition to three FSU relays at the NCAA Championships that run from March 15-18.
Each Zone is awarded a base number of athletes on top of additional spots based on divers that scored at the 2016 NCAA Meet in each event.
As one of the toughest regions in the country, Zone B is allotted 26 total spots for the women, which is the second highest total in the country behind Zone E which has 31. For men, Zone B has the most available qualifying spots at 27.
The Seminoles are coming off a tremendous performance at the ACC Championships as Carlson was named the meet MVP behind the platform title, 1-meter bronze in addition to taking fourth on 3-meter. In addition, Bonniwell was the 1-meter champion, while Grisell earned silver on platform.
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