GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State senior diver Joshua Davidson will compete in both springboard events at the 2021 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after he finished sixth at the NCAA Zone B Championships with a total of 675.55 on 1-meter.
Davidson is a four-time NCAA qualifier on both 1-meter and 3-meter. The Tomball, Texas, native is the first to make four NCAAs in both springboard events since Terry Horner (2007-2010).
Needing to finish in the top 12 after finals in order to advance to NCAAs, Davidson tallied 316.70 in prelims, advancing to finals in 12th place in a very tight field. Despite sitting in 12th, Davidson was just 14 points out of fifth place.
Davidson climbed to sixth place after his first dive in finals, receiving marks of 7.5 on his reverse 1 ½ somersault 2 ½ twists.
In the second round, Davidson once again struggled with his back 1 ½ somersault pike, falling back to 10th place with a tally of 423.30.
Davidson rebounded and was on point for his last four dives, receiving marks between 6.5-8.0, moving up to finish sixth after adding a tally of 358.85 for the round. His total of 675.55 was two points shy of fifth and just under 16 points ahead of the 10th place finisher.
Freshman Jesco Helling also advanced to the final of 1-meter, qualifying with a total of 281.50 in 17th place.
Much like his prelim round, his best dives of the day were his first two, scoring 55.90 points on his front 2 ½ somersault pike and 62 points on his inward 2 ½ somersault tuck.
His final four dives received scores between 3.5-6.5, bringing his total to 573.25 for 18th place.
On Tuesday, Helling competed in the men’s platform competition where he finished 14th with a total of 553.75.
Due to an injury Helling sustained before arriving in Tallahassee, the German could only perform all 12 dives from 5-meter. However, Helling scored more than 50 points on six of his 12 dives in just his second platform competition this season.
Helling advanced to the final after finishing 16th in prelims with a total of 273.70. In finals, Helling added a higher score of 318.05 in order to climb to 14th.
The NCAA qualifiers for men’s swimming will be announced on Wednesday. The Seminoles will field the 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and 200 medley relays at the meet after achieving automatic time standards in three of those races.
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