ATLANTA – Florida State junior Dylan Grisell earned his second career bid to the NCAA Championships behind an eighth place finish on 1-meter at the Zone B Qualifier at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
The Toronto, Ont. native tallied 635.15 points through 12 dives in order to secure his spot at the 2016 NCAA Championships, which will run from March 24-26 in Atlanta.
“It was great to see Dylan bounce back from yesterday,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “He had some great dives today and when it was time to lay down the hammer, he stepped up and did what he needed to do in order to make it NCAA’s.”
Grisell finished prelims in 16th place with a tally of 285.40 as three of his six dives scored above 50 points.
In finals, Grisell showed drastic improvement for a tally of 349.75 as he saved two of his best dives for last, cashing in for 69 points on his reverse 2.5 somersault tuck and a 64 points front 2.5 somersault twisting pike.
“Dylan made some moves at finals,” Proctor said. “He moved up eight spots over six dives. That’s a big jump but at meets like this, anything can happen.”
Sophomore Tyler Roberge also competed in the final, scoring 598.40 points for 13th place.
Senior Kalonji Cole added a 22nd place finish with a total of 273.55, just in front of sophomore Cameron Johnson in 26th at 257.70.
Freshman Cassidy Gebhart appeared in her first zone final, after placing 18th in prelims with a score of 276.00, edging out sophomore Blaire Mulka, who finished 19th at 275.25.
In finals, Gebhart added 290.25 for a total of 566.25, climbing up three spots to 15th place.
“It was a good experience for Cassidy to get in that final,” Proctor said. “I think that gives her some confidence heading into tomorrow’s session, which is her best event.”
Both men and women will close out the qualifier by competing on platform, starting at 11 a.m.
“We were better today,” Proctor said. “But we’ve got to show up tomorrow. It’s got to be there. It’s our last shot and it’s our best one, so we’ve got to make it count.”
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