Feb. 5, 2010
COLUMBUS, OH – The second day of quarterfinal and semifinal action are complete at the USA Diving Winter Nationals and once again the Seminoles secured a place in the meet finals. Combined with yesterday’s qualifiers, four Seminoles will compete in event finals this weekend.
“The level of competition in these meets is incredibly high, with not only collegiate, but also national and Olympic caliber athletes competing,” said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. “To have four of our divers reach the finals is a great accomplishment. This meet is one of the hardest challenges our divers will face, but it will certainly prepare them well going into the ACC and NCAA Championships in a few weeks.”
After his performance today in the men’s 10-meter dive Mike Neubacher will find himself in the event’s finals for the second consecutive Nationals meet. In the quarterfinals Neubacher scored 331.45 points, enough for a 12th place finish. In the semifinals he moved up to 11th place with a score of 380.80.
“Mike’s performance was phenomenal today. He’s been trying to implement a lot of changes we’re working on and clearly it’s beginning to pay off for him,” remarked Jeffrey. “I’m proud of how far he’s come, and how much further he can push himself on Sunday.”
Florida State’s Landon Marzullo and Nick Klein also competed in the platform event today. Marzullo completed the quarterfinals in seventh place but fell to 16th in the semifinals. Freshman Nick Klein had a promising quarterfinals showing but ultimately finished 19th, one place short of reaching the semifinals.
“I could not be more pleased with Nick’s performance today, as a freshman to come this far and barely miss making the semifinals speaks volumes to his abilities and potential. It’s a little disappointing Landon hasn’t reached the finals after he had such good performances in the prelims. This is his first Nationals in over a year though and with that there are bound to be some nerves. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s one of the top college divers in the nation, so hopefully this serves as motivation for him moving forward.”
For the women Aleia Monden, Katherine Adham and Katie Sirounis started the day for the Seminoles in the women’s three-meter dive. Adham and Sirounis failed to reach the semifinals with their 24th and 27th place respective finishes in the quarterfinals. Monden earned a spot in the semifinals with a 17th place finish in the quarterfinals and score of 242.50. Unfortunately she didn’t rise high enough in the next round as her 15th place, 260.75 point finish was three spots short of securing a position in the finals.
Action resumes tomorrow with the women’s 10-meter and the men’s three-meter dive finals. For the women Monden and Jaq Schroeder will compete against ten others vying for the top spot. On the men’s side Terry Horner is the lone Seminole in the event, looking to claim his second USA Diving National Championship.
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