GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State senior diver Molly Carlson opened the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships by winning the silver medal on 1-meter with a score of 300.85 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Wednesday night.
The Toronto, Ont., native has now won at least one medal at each ACC meet for a total of five in her career, joining Katrina Young (2010-15) and Courtney McClow (2001-05) as four-time All-ACC diving honorees.
“As a senior I am thrilled to represent the Seminole family one last time,” Carlson said. “I enjoyed the moment, doing what I love and just went out there and gave it my best shot.”
Carlson started the night seeded sixth and immediately went to the top of the heat, capitalizing on her second dive, scoring 55.90 points on her front 2 1/2.
After the third round, Carlson moved up to second place after scoring 49.45 on her back ½ and never looked back. She held on to silver for the final three dives that saw scores between 6.0-7.0.
In prelims, Carlson recovered after a mishap on her third dive with a reverse 1 ½ somersault pike, scoring 7.5 & 7.0 for a total of 52.80 to put her back in the top eight. She finished the round with a total of 278.10 for sixth place in order to send her to her seventh career ACC final.
Junior Joshua Davidson competed in his fifth ACC springboard final and finished in fifth place on 3-meter with a total of 367.15, after turning in a score of 368.15 for third place in prelims.
At night, Davidson’s first two dives were the best of the day, scoring totals of 72.00 and 79.90, but after misses in the third and fourth round he dropped to fifth. The Tomball, Texas, native rebounded and added totals of 66.00 and 62.00 in the fifth and sixth rounds.
“Wow, Molly,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “What a great result for her in her third best event. We’re all so proud of her. Josh did a great job. He got through prelims to represent us in the final and he came out strong, but had a couple of misses. He was right there.”
The Seminoles started the night off with a seventh place finish behind sophomores Madeleine McDonald, Nina Kucheran, Aryanna Fernandes and Kertu Alnek at 1:37.60 in the 200 medley relay.
Florida State finished with a time of 7:22.18 in the 800 free relay behind junior Emma Terebo, Kucheran, freshman Lizzie Harris and senior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp for 11th.
“It was a tough day for us on the swimming side,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “But Molly was awesome tonight on the boards.”
Senior Cam Thatcher finished in ninth place with a score of 319.55 and his classmate, Aidan Faminoff was 29th at 229.80 on 3-meter. Senior Ayla Bonniwell also contributed 11th place points with a total of 270.75 on 1-meter.
“Ayla and Cam fought really hard,” Proctor added. “I am very proud of them. Just a nose more and they were right there.”
The (RV) women are in seventh place after three events with a total of 122 points.
Friday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter. The top 24 swimmers in each event will advance to finals.
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Prelims: 10 a.m. – 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free • Women’s 3-meter, Men’s 1-meter
Finals – 5 p.m. – Men’s 1-meter, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, women’s 3-meter, 200 free relay
Prelims: 10 a.m. – 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back • Men’s platform
Finals – 6 p.m. – 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, Men’s platform, 400 medley relay
Prelims: 10 a.m. – 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly • Women’s platform, 1650 free
Finals – 6 p.m. – 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, women’s platform, 400 free relay
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