December 18, 2017
Divers Shine at Nationals, Sankovich Medals at Europeans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Florida State freshman diver Joshua Davidson competed in three finals at the 2017 USA Diving Winter National Championships, which were held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from Dec. 13-19.

The Tomball, Texas native opened the meet with a six place finish on 1-meter with a total of 606.15 on Wednesday. Davidson then advanced to the finals of 3-meter after climbing from 16th to 11th place behind a score of 344.40 in his semifinal round that included four dives over 60 points on Thursday.

In finals on Saturday, Davidson performed his best round, adding a tally of 360.60 to finish in 10th place with a final score of 993.80.

Sophomore Cameron Thatcher also competed in both springboard events, finishing 15th on 1-meter with a total of 270.25. The Toledo, Ohio native advanced to the 3-meter semifinal in 15th place after scoring 293.60 in prelims. Thatcher added 313.95 in semifinals, climbing to finish 14th with a tally of 606.95.

Davidson and Thatcher teamed up to make their 3-meter synchro debut, scoring 661.41 for fourth place.

“Mission accomplished for a midseason meet,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “This was a great way to get them some more experience before heading into the meat of the season.”

Former standout Pavel Sankovich helped Belarus bring home a pair of medals at the 2017 LEN European Short Course Championships that ran from Dec. 13-17 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sankovich led off with the 4×50 mixed medley relay with a backstroke split of 22.89, helping Belarus take silver, just three one-hundredths away from the Netherlands, who won gold. He also led off the men’s 4x50m medley relaying, earning bronze.

Sankovich also led off the mixed 4×50 free relay and men’s 4x50m free relay, finishing eighth and 10th respectively.

Individually, Sankovich competed in a pair of finals, placing fourth in the 50m back with a time of 23.13 after finishing seventh in the 50m fly at 22.70. Sankovich also advanced to semifinals of the 100 back, placing 15th (51.47).

Sophomore Vladimir Stefanik represented Slovakia and placed 39th in the 100 fly (52.71), 41st in the 200m free (1:48.48) behind two career best times. He was also 50th in the 100m free (49.04).

Signee Ida Hulkko represented Finland and competed in the breaststroke events, advancing to semifinals in the 50m breast after turning in the top time at 29.85 from prelims. Hulkko finished 10th in the event, touching at 30.24.  She also placed 23rd in the 100m breast (1:07.08) and 33rd in the 200m breast (2:33.21).

Laura Glerup Jensen (Denmark), another signee, finished 10th in the 200m free (1:57.48) and 16th in the 400m free (4:12.17).

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