ATHENS, Ga. – Senior diver Molly Carlson will dive a full list at the NCAA Championships for the third time in her career, after she took fifth place on platform with a score of 512.10 at the Zone B Championships in Athens, Ga.
“Another solid performance by Molly today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “She wasn’t going to be denied the opportunity to compete in her favorite event at her last collegiate meet. I’m so proud of what she’s done this postseason and as a Seminole and I’m just glad she gets to go for it one more time on the biggest stage.”
In prelims, Carlson only missed one of her five dives, scoring 265.25 for fourth place.
However, Carlson was a little off in the first three of her rounds in finals, but she got back on track by scoring 52.20 points on her back 2 ½ somersault pike – the only dive she missed in prelims by scoring 37.70 points.
On her fifth and final dive, the Toronto, Ontario, native saved her best for last, capitalizing on her reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck, scoring 71.40 points and moving up to finish in fifth place.
Senior Aidan Faminoff closed out his career in the Garnet and Gold after taking 10th on platform with a score of 630.25, in a very close field.
Faminoff started by scoring 330.30 in prelims for eighth place, just 11 points from sixth place and two points ahead of the ninth place competitor, who was out of NCAA qualifying position.
In finals, Faminoff started off on track, but a miss in the fourth round dropped him to ninth and kept the fight for the final qualifying spot too close to call between three divers. Faminoff answered with a 57-point scoring front 3 ½ tuck in the fifth round, but he was out of a qualifying spot by about three points.
Needing his best dive of the day in order to qualify, Faminoff went for it but came up just short of advancing to NCAAs, finishing 10th with a total of 630.25.
“Today was an emotional day for all of us with Aidan,” Proctor said. “He is such a part of so many people at FSU. Not just our team, but the entire athletics family. In true fashion, he kept it going until his last dive. It took a minute to realize it was the last one of his career and when it did it hit us all pretty hard. I’m proud of Aidan for his body of work here at FSU. He’s left a mark here we’ll remember for a long time. I know I’m not alone in saying we’ll miss him very much.”
Carlson and her classmate Ayla Bonniwell will close out their careers at the NCAA Championships back in Athens, Ga. from March 18-21 along with sophomores Nina Kucheran, Aryanna Fernandes and freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren.
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