ATLANTA – Florida State junior Dylan Grisell appeared in his second career NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center on Thursday by contesting in the 1-meter springboard. “You know he was pretty solid for an opening day,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “1-meter is a tricky game and he went out there and competed. It’s a good start.”
Grisell established himself in scoring contention behind scores of 52, 62 and 52.5 on his first three dives, leaving him in 15th place which was 14.5 points out of eighth and five ahead of 21st.
Sitting in 19th following his back 2.5 that scored for 51.50 points, Grisell landed his hurdle too far behind the board, causing his reverse 2.5 to be short, scoring 42 points.
Grisell rebooted for his final dive, scoring 52.80 points on his front 2.5 twister, finishing with a tally of 312.30, finishing in 26th place.
“This meet is so competitive that even a tiny error could cost you,” Proctor said. “Especially on 1-meter. But it was a good start. Everyone knows he’s a beast on tower. That’s his bread and butter and he did some great things today. I think he set himself up well for Saturday.”
Grisell will have the day off on Friday, however his classmate, Jason Coombs will make his third-consecutive appearance in the 100 breast before swimming the 200 breast on Saturday.
The Oviedo, Fla. native is seeded ninth in his specialty, the 100 breast (52.15), where he will look to improve on his ninth place showing at the 2015 meet where he set a new FSU record of 52.11.
Coombs is the first three-time qualifier since Rob Holderness qualified for four NCAA’s from 2008-11.
Prelims for swimming will start at 10 a.m. and will be streamed through Atlantaswimming.com. Finals for Friday and Saturday will be streamed on ESPN3.
For the second time in Georgia Tech history, the McCauley Aquatic Center will serve as the
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