March 13, 2008
Fresh off its dominating performance at the 2008 ACC Championships, the Florida State diving team heads to Auburn, Ala., to compete in the NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier on March 14-16.
“I feel like we are on a roll coming off of ACC’s, so my expectations are pretty high,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Every kid we are bringing has a chance to qualify for NCAA’s. I’m walking into the meet with seven who could qualify.”
On the men’s side, reigning NCAA Champion on the one-meter and ACC Diver of the Year, Terry Horner will be favored to qualify for the NCAA’s, while teammates’ juniors Dan Frebel and Scott Derner and senior Alex Tilbrook will compete for one of the 10 spots as well.
“Terry [Horner] will have no problem making it on one-meter, he’s just so consistent,” Jeffrey said. “Scott [Derner] has proven he can be consistent enough to make it, Alex [Tilbrook] has a good enough three-meter list and Dan [Frebel] is good enough at all three disciplines to make NCAA’s.”
The women’s team will be led by platform specialist sophomore Aleia Monden as well as sophomore Katie Sirounis and freshman Katherine Adham. All three Seminoles placed in the top eight at the 2008 ACC Championships in at least one event and will be seeking one of 12 available qualifying positions on the women’s side.
“All three of my girls have a chance at qualifying,” Jeffrey said. “They just need to ignore what’s going on around them and pay attention on the process of doing their dives.”
The top four scorers on the one and three-meter boards advance automatically and the top two scorers on the platform qualify for NCAA’s. The rest of the divers have to wait until the last day of competition to see if they are in.