April 23, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
With the NCAA season already in the books, the Florida State diving team set its sights on the 2007 Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships. The event was held at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds Md. from April 15-22. The Seminoles were represented by freshmen Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) and Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii), sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and graduate assistant Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.).
A month after claiming the NCAA Championship on the one-meter board; Horner took runner-up honors in the same event. His six-dive score of 379.05 earned Horner his first medal at the senior level. By finishing in the top three, Horner will represent the United States at the 2007 World University Games. The games will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, August 8-18.
“I’m really excited to have this opportunity,” said Horner. “One of my goals has been to be able to compete on an international level. (Diving Coach) Patrick (Jeffrey) has done a great job to help me get to that level.”
In his other event of the championships, Horner finished 20th on the three-meter board with a six-dive score of 316.85 in the semifinals. In addition to winning the NCAA national title on the one-meter board, Horner received the ACC Diver of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards for his exemplary performances throughout the season.
McClow, who earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2005, made her return to the national diving scene by finishing 12th in the one-meter event with a five-dive total of 219.25. In the platform diving event, McClow finished 13th with a score of 218.20. Currently McClow works as a graduate assistant in the student services division of the FSU athletic department. She took part in the event officially as a member of the Tomahawk Diving Club which is coached by FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey.
Frebel’s best showing came with a ninth-place finish on the platform with a six-dive tally of 387.95. The finish is the best of his career at a USA Diving national championship event. In his other event, the one-meter board, Frebel finished 17th with a score of 269.75 in the quarterfinal round.
Monden earned her best finish at a USA Diving senior national championship event with a 10th-place showing on the platform. She netted a five-dive total of 242.95. On the one-meter board, Monden finished in 26th place with a semifinal score of 151.10.
The next major event on the USA Diving schedule is the 2007 Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships which will be held August 1-5 in Stanford, Calif.