March 26, 2010
The 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships began Friday, March 26 on the campus of The Ohio State University after participant illnesses delayed the meet 24 hours. Florida State seemed to make the most of the extra practice day as senior Terry Horner captured his fifth NCAA All-American honors with a second place finish in the one-meter dive.
In the one-meter dive preliminaries Horner finished 6th with a score of 373.90, earning his best score of 71.30 on a inward 2 ½ somersault tuck. In the finals the Orlando, Florida native rose to second place with a score of 432.45. His best dive of the night was a forward 3 1/2 somersault tuck that earned 79.50 points.
“I’m really proud of Terry’s performance tonight,” said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. “In the prelims he was just focused on making the finals, not necessarily coming in first. He’s matured enough to know how to bide his time and put the pressure on. In the finals he had the advantage of going before the leading divers and setting the bar high with each of his dives.”
Junior Landon Marzullo also competed in the one-meter dive Friday. In the preliminary rounds Marzullo finished 14th with a score of 353.00, with his best score of 72.00 coming on a forward 3 ½ somersault tuck. In the consolation finals Marzullo finished tied for 7th and tied for 15th overall with a score of 355.15, his best dive was a reverse 2 1/2 somersault tuck that earned 70.50 points.
“Landon did a nice job today,” Coach Jeffrey said, “but he needs to bump it up a notch tomorrow in the three-meter dive. He almost made the top finals, but he lost a point here and there on little mistakes. He’ll learn from today and should be better tomorrow.”
“Terry and Landon have another great shot tomorrow in the three-meter dive. They’ve performed strongly in the event all year and we’re looking forward to more success,” remarked Coach Jeffrey.
Junior Ian Rowe was the first Seminole swimmer to compete on the meet’s opening day. The Towson, Maryland native turned in a 42nd place performance in the 500 free with a time of 4:25.54.
Horner’s second place finish earned the Seminoles 17 points, while Marzullo contributed 1.5 points to earn Florida State 18.5 points and an 18th place finish in the team standings at the end of the first day of competition.
On Saturday the Seminoles are set to compete in four events. Rowe returns in the 400 IM, Horner and Marzullo will compete in the three-meter dive, junior Rob Holderness will compete in the 100 breast and senior Andy Hodgson will compete in the 100 back.
Florida State’s schedule of events for the remainder of the meet is as follows:
Ian Rowe- 1650 free
Andy Hodgson- 200 back
Rob Holderness- 200 breast
Terry Horner, Landon Marzullo- Platform dive
Live meet results can be found here.
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