Feb. 2, 2010
COLUMBUS, OH – The Florida State diving team is breaking new ground at this year’s USA Diving Winter Nationals. On the second day of preliminary competition the team, including every athlete on the women’s side, secured eight quarterfinal spots. Combined with yesterday’s seven qualifiers the Seminoles earned a school record 15 quarterfinal spots.
“I’ve never had this many athletes come this far at Nationals before”, said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. “It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication they have been putting in all year. From the Nationals veterans to those making their first appearance, everyone on our team has been impressive.”
Leading the way for the Seminoles for the second straight day was junior Landon Marzullo earning another first place finish, this time in the men’s three-meter preliminaries. Marzullo beat out 43 other divers with his score 402.55. Also reaching the quarterfinals in the event was Jordan Horsley. With a score of 326.80 Horsley earned a 10th pace showing.
The women’s team had a tremendous outing today, turning six preliminary performances into a remarkable six quarterfinal spots. In the women’s one-meter dive Lisi Rowland earned Florida State’s highest finish of fourth with a score of 228.15. Kat Adham was close behind Rowland with a 6th place performance and score of 226.60. Aleia Monden came in 11th with a score of 211.95, and Katie Sirounis rounded out the group in 19th place with a score of 193.80.
In the women’s 10-meter platform preliminaries Monden came in fifth with a score of 243.15. Jaq Schroeder, making her first Nationals appearance, earned a seventh place finish with a score of 233.35.
In addition to the quarterfinal qualifiers, three other Seminoles competed today. Michael Neubacher, Nick Klein and Marcelo Garcia all participated in the men’s three-meter dive, but fell short of securing one of the event’s 14 qualifying spots. The Seminoles have a day off from competition tomorrow to regroup and train for the next rounds.
The meet resumes on Febraury 4, 2010 and concludes on February 8, 2010.
The schedule of events for the next day of competition includes the quarterfinals and semifinals of the men’s three-meter diver and the women’s 10-meter platform dive.
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