March 15, 2009 - by
Frebel’s Second-Place Finish On Platform Clinches Berth To NCAA Championships

March 15, 2009

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Senior Dan Frebel will join junior Terry Horner at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships thanks to his second-place performance on the platform on the final day of the NCAA Zone B Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.“The first time we have ever qualified two guys,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “This is an exciting scenario, because the swimmers qualified so many guys as well. It’s nice to see both the swimmers and divers hitting their stride at the same time.”

Frebel entered the final two rounds in fourth position, but used two of the best dives of his career to move up the leader board. His final dive earned a score of 83.30 which is the highest of his career for that dive. The Indianapolis, Ind., native had a 12-dive total of 680.90. Senior Scott Derner made his third final of the meet and finished in 10th position (564.00). Horner placed 23rd on the platform, but made the NCAA Championships on the strength of his third-place showing on the one-meter.

“Dan dove a little nervous today,” Jeffrey said. “He did a great job when things weren’t going great for him and he pulled it out on his last two dives. Scott also did an amazing job making the finals in all three events at his final meet of his career.”

Junior Katie Sirounis was the highest finisher for the FSU women on the platform placing ninth with a 10-dive total of 445.00. Junior Aleia placed 11th (440.30) and sophomore Katherine Adham turned in an 18th-place performance (365.50). Freshman Lisi Rowland did not make the finals, but placed 19th.

“I thought our girls did a nice job considering how deep the field is,” Jeffrey said. “Lisis’s three-meter was a highlight and we had a lot of good dives done and they looked like they belonged in the meet. I was proud of how they handled themselves.”

Next up for Florida State are the men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in College Station, Texas from March 26-28. The Seminole men will send a record 12 participants to the meet. For live results and a meet recap visit

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