AUBURN, Ala. – Three more Florida State divers earned bids to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday at the Zone B Qualifier, which is hosted by Auburn.
Junior Tyler Roberge and senior Dylan Grisell will return to the NCAA meet after finishing eighth and ninth respectively in men’s 3-meter and freshman Ayla Bonniwell punched her ticket following a sixth place showing on 1-meter.
“Some days you’re a windshield and some days you’re a bug,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Today we had three kids qualify for NCAA’s, so we were definitely the windshield.”
Bonniwell started the day off by scoring 270.95 in prelims, advancing to finals in 10th place.
Needing to hold her spot in order to qualify for NCAA’s, Bonniwell improved her score in finals by over 20 points, to 291.1, performing three dives over 50 points including her highest total of 51.25 on her finishing back 1½ somersault 1 ½ twist for a total of 562.05.
Roberge and Grisell battled through 12 dives as places six through 11 were separated by 26 points heading into the final two rounds, with only the top 10 advancing to NCAA’s.
Throughout his 12 dives, Roberge scored seven above 60 points, including his final two when he need it most, posting 63 points on his forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike before finishing on a forward 2 ½ somersault 2 twist pike that scored 69.70. His total of 718.10 placed him eighth, advancing him to his second-career NCAA Championships.
Grisell opened with a round of 352.20 in prelims for ninth place, just behind Roberge.
After three rounds of finals, Grisell moved up to eighth, but after a slight miss on his fourth dive, he dropped back to ninth. With little room for error, Grisell closed out his round with tallies of 58.50 on his reverse 2 ½ somersault pike and 67.50 on his forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike, which was his highest scoring dive of the day.
Both Roberge and Grisell also finished within the top 12 of Monday’s 1-meter competition, therefore will be able to compete in both springboard events at the NCAA Championships that run from March 22-25 in Indianapolis, Ind.
In addition to Bonniwell, rookie Molly Carlson finished 12th on 1-meter with a score of 541.60 after qualifying for the NCAA Championships on 3-meter on Monday. By placing in the top 12, Carlson can add 1-meter to her list.
Bonniwell joins Carlson along with juniors Natalie Pierce, Christina Loh and Tayla Lovemore and three FSU relays at the NCAA Championships that will be held in Indianapolis, Ind. from March 15-18.
Junior Blaire Mulka also advanced to finals of 1-meter, finishing just ahead of Carlson in 11th place with a final score of 541.80. Mulka entered finals in 14th place posting a tally of 263.15. In finals, she improved in finals to 278.65, for a total of 541.80.
Women’s platform prelims will start at 11 a.m. with finals following at 1 p.m. with the top seven advancing. Men’s platform prelims will begin at 3:15 p.m. and finals at 5:15 p.m. The top nine finishers will dive at NCAA’s.
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