March 10, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State divers will have their chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships starting on Monday at the NCAA Diving Zone B Qualifier. Five spots will be up for grabs on the men’s side, while the women will qualify ten athletes between the three boards.
The three-day meet is hosted by the University of Tennessee at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center running through March 11-13. Monday’s events are slated with the men on 1-meter while the women compete on 3-meter. Scoring from prelims carries over to finals.
“Tomorrow is a big day for us,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “We can put ourselves into NCAA’s with solid performances. The meet will be well contended as always, but we’re looking really good right now and we’re ready.”
The 2013 3-meter ACC Champion Ariel Rittenhouse will go for her second-consecutive NCAA Championships in the Garnet and Gold this week, while junior Kelsey Goodman will look to qualify for her first. Both ladies will compete in the springboard events.
The Seminoles have three men in the competition that will dive all three events. Junior Tom Neubacher is looking to qualify for his second-straight NCAA Championships. He is the defending champion in 1-meter as he won the event at last year’s Zone meet by 56.85 points over 12 dives.
Junior Mikey Lewark will look to add another NCAA qualification this week as he made the meet last season while representing Florida on platform. Senior Nick Klein aims for an NCAA berth with his best chance in the Platform event.
All sessions will have live scoring and live streaming. Check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter for more information.
Live Streaming: utsports.com/allaccess
Live Scoring: divemeets.com