TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seven members of the Florida State diving team will look to punch their tickets to the 2016 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships during the Zone B Qualifier that runs from March 7-9 in Atlanta.
“Everyone is coming together well,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “For the most part we had a great ACC meet. Those that did really well feel as if they set themselves up for this meet.”
Senior Kalonji Cole will look to continue his hot streak following a career outing at the ACC Championships where he scored in all three events, while junior Dylan Grisell and sophomore Tyler Roberge will look to qualify for their second career NCAA’s. Sophomore Cameron Johnson along with freshman Cassidy Gebhart and sophomore Blaire Mulka will also look to advance.
“We have an extraordinary opportunity on our hands,” Cole said. “We could have the most represented by FSU that we’ve ever had in awhile. We’ve been working hard, we’re very focused and determined and we’ve been looking great in the water.”
In order to qualify for the NCAA Championships each of the five zones will advance a base of the top five women and top four men in each event. However, each zone will earn a number of bonus spots based on the amount of scoring divers from the 2015 NCAA Championships.
For the season, the top nine finishers on 1-meter along with the eight highest totals on 3-meter and seven on platform will earn the invitation for women.
Zone B will have the most represented as the top 10 on both 1-meter and 3-meter will advance along with the top 8 on platform.
“Our zone is traditionally the toughest, but we’re one of the reasons why,” Cole said. “We contribute to the prestige of this zone and we plan on having people up at the top. They’re going to be looking out for the Noles.”
Monday’s prelims will start at 11 a.m. with finals immediately following the event. Men’s 3-meter will follow the same format with prelims starting at 3:30 p.m.
“They’re going to have to show up on game day,” Proctor said. “You’ve got to go and hit and be consistent since scores carry over from prelims to finals.”
Live results will be available on divemeets.com. For more information on FSU swimming and diving, visit Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.