GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State senior diver Joshua Davidson punched his ticket to his fourth NCAA Championships after finishing fourth on 3-meter at the 2021 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships.
Davidson will join four FSU relays at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center that will run March 24-27. Individual swimming qualifiers will be announced on Wednesday.
“The last list Josh did in this pool wasn’t such a great experience,” FSU head coach John Proctor said. “It just shows you it’s about picking yourself up after you fall because everyone falls.”
Right from the start, Davidson established himself as one of the top divers in a loaded field. He was one of only two competitors to break the 400-point barrier in prelims.
The Tomball, Texas native put up his best score of the season at 413.55, receiving scores between 7.0-8.0 on all six of his dives.
Davidson advanced to finals in second place, well within the top eight that held qualifying spots to NCAAs.
Davidson stayed consistent in the first three rounds, however a few divers in the field were closing in on his position. He slipped to fifth after a miss in the fourth round, but still had about a 35-point cushion on the eighth place diver.
He rebounded by receiving 7.0’s on his reverse 2 ½ somersault 3 ½ twist for a total of 71.25, climbing to fourth place.
Davidson finished the round receiving 8.0’s on his front 2 ½ somersault, 1 twist pike for a tally of 72.00. He added a score of 375.50 in finals.
Freshman Jesco Helling also competed in the men’s 3-meter, finishing in 16th place with a total of 662.35.
Throughout his 12 dives, Helling was solid, only missing the mark on one dive in finals.
Helling advanced to finals in 15th place at 333.15, after scoring marks between 5.0-7.0 during his prelim round.
The Dresden, Germany, native matched his total of 63 points on his opening round dive in finals and received better marks on four other dives during the round.
Helling added a total of 329.25 over his final six dives for a total of 662.35 for 16th place.
“I’m very happy with how the guys did today,” Proctor added. “This is the deepest field we’ve had in this zone since I came to FSU. The mental work they’ve done since ACCs is astonishing. They did a great job and I’m proud of them.”
Both Davidson and Helling will compete on 1-meter on Monday at 10:30 a.m. The top 10 after finals will advance to NCAAs.
For more information, visit Facebook (FSUSwimmingDiving), Twitter (@FSU_Swimming) and Instagram (@fsuswimdive).