March 12, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. –
With its sights set on reaching the NCAA Championships, the Florida State University divers had a solid opening day at the NCAA Zone “B” Diving Qualifier. The Seminoles ended the first day of competition at the University of Georgia with a pair of female divers in the top ten.
Getting the Tribe started at the Gabrielsen Natatorium was the junior duo of Tiffany Manning (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) as they both placed in the top ten of the three-meter competition. Manning came close to the school record in the event as she posted a career-best 540.90 to take seventh. Only 0.45 behind was McClow as her personal-high 540.45 placed her ninth.
Notching a score of 509.70 was freshman Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) as she came in 14th. Rounding out the FSU representation on the three-meter board was fellow rookie Camille Akridge (Orlando, Fla.) as her 481.50 landed her in the 18th place.
On the men’s side the Seminoles didn’t fair as well on the one-meter board. Putting up Florida State’s best performance was Stuart de la Rosa (Erdenhiem, Pa.) when he came in 29th with a total of 264.90. Three spots back was Peter Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) with his mark of 261.30. Capping the Florida State participants was Jason Beinlich (Ridley, Pa.) at 244.35 (33rd) and a 236.95 by Curtis Schroeger (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) as he took 37th.
The three day competition resumes on Saturday (March 16) with the women diving in the one-meter competition and the men taking on the three-meter. The top four divers from each board and the best three on the platform advance to the NCAA Championships.