Feb. 1, 2010
COLUMBUS, OH. – The Florida State diving team arrived on the campus of The Ohio State University ready to prove themselves against the nation’s elite at the USA Diving Winter Nationals today. On the first day of preliminary competition the Seminoles certainly did not disappoint as they locked up seven quarterfinal spots between the men’s one-meter dive and the women’s three-meter dive.
In the men’s one-meter dive event Landon Marzullo led the pack, earning a first a place finish in the prelims with a total score of 375.80. Jordan Horsley finished the event in fifth place with a score of 348.15. Michael Neubacher rounded out the Seminole’s top ten showing with an eighth place finish and score of 321.35. Nick Klein earned the Seminoles last quarterfinal spot in the event with a 16th place performance and score of 276.50. Marcelo Garcia also competed in the event, finishing in 28th place with a score of 229.10.
On the women’s side, the three-meter dive earned three Seminoles spots in the quarterfinals. Katie Sirounis was the top diver in the event for Florida State, earning a second place finish with a score of 262.55. Aleia Monden’s score of 255.25 earned her a fifth place finish in the event. Kat Adham earned the Seminole’s last qualifying spot in the event with an 8th place finish and score of 247.80. Additionally Lisi Rowland and Jaq Schroeder came in 24th and 25th place respectively out of 42 divers with scores of 208.00 and 207.65.
“Overall I’m really pleased with how everyone preformed today particularly our top two girls Katie and Aleia in the three-meter and of course Landon finishing first in the one-meter,” said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. “Tomorrow is another big day for the team and we should certainly earn more spots in the quarterfinals of the upcoming events.”
Tomorrow marks the final day of the preliminary competition with the women’s one-meter and ten-meter prelims as well as the men’s three-meter prelim. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals of the Championships are from February 4-8, 2010.
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