AUBURN, Ala. – On the final day of the 2017 Zone B Championships at Auburn, Florida State diver Aidan Faminoff became the final qualifier for the NCAA Championships after placing third on platform with a final score of 711.15.
In addition to the rookie Faminoff, senior Dylan Grisell, junior Tyler Roberge and freshman Molly Carlson also added platform to their NCAA list after their performances on Wednesday.
“Everyone really stepped up today and pushed when they needed to,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Aidan definitely had a goal going into this meet and he wanted to show what he’s capable of and hang with our other freshman that showed up at this meet.”
From the start Faminoff was on fire, holding in second place for most of prelims, posting a season best score of 384.70.
Faminoff continued his strong showing in finals, scoring over 50 points on four dives, including his best for a total of 70.40 on his inward 3 ½ somersault tuck on his final dive.
Grisell got off to a slow start in prelims after slightly missing on his second and third dives, however he pulled it together for his back 3 ½ tuck, scoring 82.50 before closing on a back 2 ½ somersault twist pike for 67.50. His score of 374.45 was fourth.
Grisell gained momentum after prelims solidifying himself near the top of the leaderboard and stayed there, finishing with a total of 707.30 for fourth place just behind Faminoff.
Roberge used the 5-meter and 7.5 meter platform throughout the day, but was ninth out of prelims with a total of 322.05.
In finals, Roberge was able to match his best score from prelims on his back 2 ½ somersault pike from 7.5 meter, scoring 70.50 in both rounds. He climbed up the ranks, finishing fifth, scoring 685.85.
Faminoff, Roberge and Grisell all join seniors Jason McCormick and Jason Coombs along with junior Chad Mylin and Connor Kalisz as individual NCAA Qualifier that will compete from March 22-25 in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, the Seminoles will field four relays.
Carlson also rounded out her list, after taking third in the event scoring 524.75. She started the day with a prelim round of 245.75 for eighth place.
The Thunder Bay, Ont. native also picked up steam as finals carried on, climbing up the ranks. She saved her best dive for last, a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck, scoring 70.00 for third place. Carlson can also dive a full list at NCAA’s.
“This is a tough Zone but our team is really strong,” Proctor said. “Zones its always kind of like getting a Wax – it’s stressful and painful, but when it’s all said and done you’ve worked through the hard part and you show up to NCAA’s feeling silky smooth.”
Carlson along with rookie Ayla Bonniwell will be joining juniors Christina Loh, Natalie Pierce and Tayla Lovemore at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. that run from March 15-18. Florida State will also have three relays racing at the meet.
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