March 16, 2018
Honorable Performances Highlight Friday of NCAAs

COLUMBUS, Ohio  –  Florida State sophomore Molly Carlson and senior Tayla Lovemore earned All-America honorable mention accolades on Friday at the 2018 NCAA Championships at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.

Carlson finished 15th on 3-meter while Lovemore placed 16th in her final 100 fly as a Seminole.

Carlson earned the final spot in the consolation final by .40, after finishing 16th with a score of 315.35 in prelims. During trials, Carlson was solid, scoring three dives above 55 points in the second, third and fourth rounds.  Her second dive, which was her highest of the round started the stretch as she tallied 58.50 on her forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike.

The Toronto, Ont., native climbed as high as ninth during prelims but ended up 16th following her final dive.

Just minutes later, Carlson performed again and held her place 16th position until she put down her best dive of the day that scored 64.40, which was a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck in the fifth round.

Carlson moved up to place 15th with a score of 300.40, finishing with an All-America honorable mention for the second straight season.

“What Molly did this year was one of the most impressive things I’ve seen as a coach,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “She went from having wrist surgery several months ago, possibly ending her season to becoming an All-American. That truly impressive. We are very proud of her.”

In addition to Carlson, Lovemore competed in her second career individual NCAA consolation final of the 100 fly. In prelims, she tied for 15th place at 51.92. At night, Lovemore posted a 52.88, finishing in 16th place, earning her second All-America honorable mention in the race.

“It was very exciting to see Tayla get All-America honorable mention again this year,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “She is such a great competitor and she’s made such an impact on the team in the two years she’s been here, we’re really going to miss her.”

In addition to Lovemore, sophomore Elise Olsen finished 41st at 53.41 in the 100 fly before senior Natalie Pierce finished the 100 breast in 17th place at 59.92, just three one-hundredths out of finals in a very competitive field.

Freshman Madeline Cohen raced in her first individual of the meet, placing 44th at 53.66.

Sophomore Ayla Bonniwell also competed on 3-meter, finishing 32nd with a score of 292.30.

The Seminoles competed in their third and final relay of the meet, touching in 24th place in the 200 medley relay behind Cohen, Pierce, Lovemore and senior Alexi Smith.

Cohen will swim the 200 back on Saturday and Pierce will compete in the 200 breast. Lovemore can compete in the 200 fly, while Olsen can race in the 100 free.

Florida State is on the board in 38th place with three points.

Saturday’s prelim session will start at 10 a.m. and will be streamed via Buckeye Vision and finals will be on ESPN3. Live results are also available on meet mobile as well as Divemeets.com.

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