ATLANTA – The Florida State diving team began competing at the 2016 NCAA Zone B Qualifier in Atlanta at Georgia Tech on Monday.
“Today was not our day,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “This meet is a beast and you’ve got to be consistent and stay in the moment and we just didn’t do that today.”
In men’s 3-meter, senior Kalonji Cole finished in 22nd place with a score of 302.70, just ahead of junior Dylan Grisell at 302.60. Sophomore Tyler Roberge placed 25th at 299.50 while his classmate, Cameron Johnson was 31st at 274.25.
“That was a tough break for Kalonji,” Proctor said. “That guy has been diving his tail off and he started off slow but then got right back in the thick of things on his next three dives, but couldn’t finish in order to make finals. He’s been diving really well and I hope he can reset for tomorrow.”
The women started the day on 1-meter as sophomore Blaire Mulka finished 28th with a score of 238.40 while freshman Cassidy Gebhart took 34th at 233.10.
Gebhart and Mulka will compete on 3-meter on Tuesday, while Cole, Grisell, Roberge and Johnson will dive 1-meter. Prelims start at 11 a.m. and the top 18 scores will advance to finals.
“It’s not over,” Proctor said. “We still have two events left and we’re not going to let one day ruin our meet. We’re going to get back up on the horse tomorrow and give it all we have.”
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