March 6, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. – The Florida State Diving team had their first two member qualify for the NCAA Championships today at the NCAA Zone B Qualifier at the University of Auburn.
Sophomore Tom Neubacher stole the show on men’s 1-meter as he handily won the event with a score of 735.55 after 12 dives. The next best competitor was 56.85 points back. With that performance, he earned an outright spot to the NCAA Championships on March 23-25 in Federal Way, Wash.
Junior Ariel Rittenhouse was sixth on 3-meter as she posted a final score of 640.30. Due to the competition and the way the athletes finished on each of the springboard events, Rittenhouse will be invited to compete at the NCAA Championships next weekend, which are also at Auburn.
“Any time you can qualify one athlete for each team to NCAA’s it’s a good year,” Head Diving Coach Pat Jeffrey said. “But, I thought everyone dove well today. Tomorrow is our last day and we have a shot of qualifying even more athletes.”
Sophomore Kelsey Goodman finished eighth with 637.40 and senior Lisi Rowland capped off her career with a tenth place finish, scoring 637.40.
Tomorrow’s platform event for the men will begin at 10:30 and the ladies prelims will take off at 3:30.
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