July 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seniors Landon Marzullo and Jordan Horsley won the three-meter synchronized title at the Southeast Zone Championships on Saturday at the Morcom Aquatic Center, as five Seminole divers earned berths to the U.S. National Championships.
“This was kind of a test run for Landon and I in synchro,” Horsley said. “We’re going to keep progressing, we’ve got some dives in the works and it’s a good weekend for Seminole diving.”
The teammates and good friends teamed up for the first time in competition and earned the win with a score of 338.40. Earlier in the day both divers also qualified for Nationals on the three-meter individual board with Marzullo placing second (365.85) and Horsley finishing fourth (336.35).
“It was another great day,” Marzullo said. “We got everyone in on the men’s side and it wasn’t about placing for us again today. I want to continue to do the things that Pat wants us to do.”
“I think the coolest part about it is two events in a row, two days in a row all four of us taking four out of the top five spots,” Horsley said. “This will really gives us confidence heading to Texas.”
The biggest drama of the day for FSU came on the three-meter where senior Mike Neubacher earned the fifth and final qualifying spot to Nationals. Neubacher was in sixth place heading into his final dive, but was able to earn no worse than 7.0’s to move up a place (335.10).
“I just new it came down to my last dive and I know that it’s usually my best, ” Neubacher said. “I knew it had to be good and luckily it was. I did it good in both lists and I knew I could do it.”
Incoming freshman Thomas Neubacher and Kelsey Goodman also qualified for the U.S. Championships on the three-meter and one-meter respectively while senior Katherine Adham placed ninth on the one-meter (226.55).
Competition will conclude on Sunday with the men’s and women’s platform events. Preliminaries for the one and three-meter begin at 12:00 p.m. For results visit www.usadiving.org.