March 22, 2008
Columbus, Ohio- Florida State sophomore Aleia Monden earned Honorable Mention All-American honors on the final day of the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
“She did great, I am really happy for her,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “I was really pleased just to get Aleia [Monden] to this meet and to be an All-American and score points for our team is tremendous.”
Monden placed 11th on the platform scoring 251.81 points in the consolation finals to earn her first career top 16 finish at the NCAA Championships. The Mililani, Hawaii native improved upon her 13th place finish in the preliminary round where she scored 246.95 points. Monden’s second dive, a back two-and-a-half somersault in the pike position earned her 63.80 points and was her best dive of the competition.
“She did a great job of fighting and moving up,” Jeffrey said. “With this experience under her belt I think she will be even better next season.”
In the pool, senior Lauren Sparg broke her own school record in the 200 fly finishing in 17th place touching the wall in a time of 1:57.87. Sparg was just six-hundreths of a second away from qualifying for the consolation finals.
As the women’s season wraps up, the men will compete at the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., beginning Thursday, March 27 where sophomore diver Terry Horner will look to defend his National Title on the one-meter board.