July 1, 2003
Head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., this past weekend with four divers who competed at the 2003 Speedo National Diving Championships held at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus. The Speedo Championships served as the year’s premier meet for the top U.S. divers, including many 2000 Olympic team members, and as a qualifying meet for the U.S. National team and Pan Am squad. Traveling with coach Jeffrey were current Seminoles Tiffany Manning, Courtney McClow and Sam Hood, joined with former Seminole Louie Gagnet.
Manning had the top performance over the weekend among the returning Seminole divers. On the 10-meter platform, an event Manning has already earned two All-America honors in, she advanced all the way to the semifinals where she finished 12th overall at 369.99. On the one-meter springboard, Manning, a two-time All-ACC honoree on the board, finished 13th (214.08), just missing the cut to advance to the semifinals by one spot.
McClow, the 2002 ACC champion and two-time All-ACC member on the one-meter, finished 18th overall in the event with a score of 204.93.
Hood, who completed his first season at FSU in 2003, earned valuable experience over the weekend, competing on the one-meter springboard and 10-meter platform. He advanced to the semifinals on the platform, finishing 18th (414.15), and made it to the quarterfinals on the one-meter before placing 16th (268.65).
Former FSU standout Gagnet turned in the top finish of the weekend among coach Jeffrey’s participants with an eighth-place finish on the three-meter springboard (531.87). He recently earned All-America honors for the Seminoles at the 2003 NCAA Championships on the three-meter and owns two ACC titles in the event. Gagnet rounded out his weekend with a 15th-place finish on the one-meter (273.45).