ATLANTA – The Florida State diving team earned two more bids to the NCAA Championships at the Zone B Qualifier on Wednesday in Atlanta.
Junior Dylan Grisell won the men’s platform event, while freshman Cassidy Gebhart placed seventh in the women’s.
“We got better as the meet went on,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “It feels great to get Dylan another event and for Cassidy to come through. Those two worked hard. They’re both tower divers and I’m proud that they’re on to the next one.”
Less than 24 hours after advancing on 1-meter, Grisell put together one of his best career outings in the event as he took over the lead following his fifth dive in prelims where he scored 89.10 points on his back 3.5 tuck.
The Toronto, Ont. native finished prelims with a total of 377.25 and never faulted as he added a total of 412.05 in finals – a score that was just off his career best of 419.55.
“Dylan was great today,” Proctor said. “He was a little off up front but he got back up there every time and crushed it. He stayed in the moment and competed hard and I’m very proud of him for that.”
Gebhart followed Grisell’s victory by securing the final NCAA bid from Zone B by taking seventh place with a score of 509.75. She was in ninth out of prelims with a score of 249.85, however places six through 11 were separated by 10 points.
The Spring, Texas native improved her score in finals by adding a tally of 259.90, jumping up two spots in order to qualify.
“She had me sweating bullets,” Proctor said. “Man, was that event close. But she did it and she made it and I’m very proud of her.”
Gebhart will join her fellow freshmen Meg Brown and Summer Finke in Atlanta next week at the Women’s NCAA Championships, which run from March 17-19.
Senior Kalonji Cole closed out his collegiate career with an 11th place finish on platform with a score of 628.50 just ahead of sophomore Tyler Roberge in 12th, who scored 617.80.
Sophomores Cameron Johnson and Blaire Mulka also competed on platform. Johnson finished 20th with a score of 265.45 in the men’s competition, while Mulka was 22nd at 208.50 in the women’s.
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