March 14, 2008
Auburn, Ala. – On the first day of the 2008 NCAA Zone `B’ Diving Championships, five of the seven Seminoles advanced to the finals in the women’s 1m and the men’s 3m. Sophomore Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) placed sixth, the highest placing of any Seminole today, at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
Horner, the reigning NCAA Champion on the one-meter and ACC Diver of the year, scored 699.75 on the 3m to take sixth. Junior Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) placed 10th with a total of 672.95 points. Senior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) rounded out the men’s squad with a 17th place finish of 635.10 points.
Junior Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) concluded the prelims with a 24th finish with a score of 286.95.
The women took on the 1m with two Seminoles advancing to the finals tonight. Sophomore Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) placed the highest amongst FSU with a 489.90 points to finish 14th. Aleia Monden, a sophomore from Mililani, Hawaii, finished 16th with a score of 487.65.
Freshman Katherine Adham (Orlando, Fla.) did not advance to the finals but did score 225.15 points in the prelims to finish 24th.
“Two of our guys ended up in spots that could possibly end up qualifying but we just don’t know until it is all over,” stated head coach Patrick Jeffrey. “I was pleased with how my kids were able to handle themselves. I think they are on track and we have two more full days of competition. If we go in the right direction we are going to qualify a couple of people to nationals.”
Action continues tomorrow with the women competing in the 3-meter while the men hit the 1-meter. Sunday both men and women will compete on the platform.
The top 12 women will advance to the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio while the top 10 men will dive in Federal Way, Wash.