March 9, 2006
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seven Florida State divers will compete this weekend, March 10-12, at the NCAA Diving Zone B Qualifier in Lexington, Ky. Junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) is the lone representative for the women’s team while the men’s squad will have six competing. The top nine female and 13 male divers will advance to the NCAA National Championships.
The women’s 1M and men’s 3M will be held on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. while the men’s 1M and women’s 3M will take place Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meet will conclude with platform diving on Sunday with the women competing from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by the men from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Brittany Lerew comes into her third NCAA Zone B Qualifier as one of the top divers in the ACC. This season, Lerew recorded the ACC’s top score as well as a personal best on the 3M of 364.85 at the Georgia Tech Invitational, November 19, 2005. At the ACC Championships, February 15-18, Lerew finished fifth on the 3M (323.80) and tenth on the 1M (239.35).
The entire men’s team which consists of seniors Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) and Jason Beinlich (Ridley Park, Pa.), junior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.), sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) and freshmen Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) will be making the trip to the meet.
Crane will be making his third appearance at the NCAA B Zone Qualifier while Beinlich and Tilbrook will be making their second.
Florida State male divers recorded valuable points at the ACC Championships helping the Seminoles to finish in second place with 685.5 points, just 8.5 points out of first. On the 3M, Tilbrook finished fourth (347.85) and was followed by Derner in fifth (344.25), Frebel in sixth (342.65), Beinlich in 15th (256.40) and Jones in 16th (250.85). Tilbrook was also FSU top finisher on the 1M as he finished fifth (322.55). Right behind him was Derner in eighth (292.55), Crane in 12th (243.85) and Beinlich in 13th (242.85).
The women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships are March 16-18 in Athens, Ga. while the men’s are March 23-25 in Atlanta, Ga.