Atlanta, Ga. – The Florida State divers concluded regular season competition on Saturday with one final contest against ACC foes Georgia Tech and Miami. The two-day meet was hosted at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
“This was a good tune-up for our divers before we start championship season,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Both Miami and Georgia Tech have some of the best divers in the conference and I’m glad our guys had the opportunity to compete in this setting before we head to the big show.”
On Friday, both teams competed in both 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events.
Senior Joshua Davidson led the way for the No. 15 Noles, finishing third in both 1-meter (342.65) and 3-meter (379.15).
In his first event, Davidson had three dives that received marks of 7.0 or higher, including a 68.20-scoring inward 2 ½ somersault in the final round. He later came back to tally 379.15 on 3-meter, as five of his six dives went for 6.5 or higher.
His freshman teammate Jesco Helling followed just behind him in fourth place on 1-meter with a score of 327.15. Helling put together one of his best rounds of the year, scoring 6.0 or higher on four of his dives. On 3-meter, Helling was seventh with a total of 346.20.
Freshman Darwin Nolasco tallied 280.95 for eighth place on 1-meter and followed that performance with a score of 353.70 on 3-meter.
The No. 21 women first competed on 3-meter and were led by freshman Kayleigh Clark in sixth place with a total of 271.45, scoring her best marks on her back 2 ½ somersault tuck that went for 58.80 total points.
Clark also put up the highest score on 1-meter with a tally of 275.55 for third place. All six of her dives scored above 40 points, and it was her highest 1-meter total in competition this season.
Freshman Vivian Johnson followed Clark in in seventh place on 3-meter (268.15) and her classmates Brooke Goedel (247.00) was 10th and Samantha Vear (237.15) was 12th.
Johnson was also seventh on 1-meter (243.30) followed by Goedel in ninth (236.95).
On Saturday, both teams competed on platform.
Clark performed all of her five dives between the 5-meter and 7-meter platforms, scoring 221.75 for fifth place.
Goedel (208.95) finished in sixth after her back 2 ½ somersault twister from 10-meter scored marks of 6.5.
Vear was seventh (196.95) and Johnson (192.00) took eighth.
Nolasco was the lone platform diver in the men’s competition for the Noles, where three of his dives went for marks of 6.0 or higher. His best dive came in the third round, tallying 67.50 points on a front 3 ½ somersault from 10-meter. He finished seventh with a total of 288.45.
The divers along with women’s swimming will compete at the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C. from Feb. 17-20, while the men’s team will swim from Feb. 24-27.
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