April 10, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS – The collegiate diving season may have come to an end at last month’s NCAA Championships, but Seminole divers Terry Horner and Landon Marzullo have not stopped competing. The pair teamed up to compete at the USA Diving World Cup synchronized diving trials on Saturday, April 10, and earned a second place finish in the three-meter springboard.
Senior Horner and junior Marzullo have trained together all season at Florida State, but Saturday marked the first time they have competed together in a synchronized event. The Seminoles faced off against nine other teams vying for a single berth to the FINA World Cup in June. The duo excelled on the boards Saturday, earning a total score of 742.65. Their best score came on a forward three and a half somersault pike for which they earned 76.26 points. Although they were able to distance themselves from most of their opponents they were unable to surpass World Championship silver medalists Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen.
“I was really excited to see Terry and Landon perform together,” said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. “They’ve proven to be great divers individually and now they’re doing amazing together. I think diving with Terry has brought out a stronger side of Landon and it’s great to watch them continue to improve.”
In placing second in the event Horner and Marzullo did secure their place at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix meet that takes place May 5-6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“They had a great start, and they know now what they’re competition is like,” remarked Jeffrey. “They have the degree of difficulty they need, now we’re going to focus on some of the skills they need to work on individually. They are already a very dynamic pair and they both spin very fast. I’m very interested to see how they score on an international level. This will be a chance for them to really get their faces out there in the diving world.”
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