AUBURN, Ala. – Florida State junior Aidan Faminoff was the final diver to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships on Wednesday at the Zone B qualifier at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
Faminoff secured the last qualifying spot on platform, finishing ninth with a score of 689.15.
Additionally, junior Molly Carlson will dive a full event list at NCAAs for the second time in her career after she placed sixth on platform with a score of 510.85.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of our guys,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Their hard work got them through this meet and I am very excited to see what’s next for us at NCAAs.”
Faminoff started the day by scoring a total of 353.45 in prelims, advancing to finals in sixth place.
In finals, the Victoria, B.C., native came out with two solid dives before suffering a mishap in the third round where he slipped to 10th place, but just out of a qualifying spot by four points.
Faminoff reloaded with two of his best dives on the day, scoring 63 points on his back 2 ½ tuck from 5-meter and 64.50 on his front 3 ½ somersault pike in order to climb up to ninth place, the last qualifying spot heading into the sixth round.
Faminoff held on to that spot after scoring 57.60 on his final dive, which was an inward 3 ½ somersault tuck in order to qualify for his second NCAA Championships.
With Faminoff’s qualification, the Seminoles will have seven student-athletes competing individually at the Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas from March 27-30 in addition to all five relays.
Carlson tallied 247.95 out of prelims for ninth place. In finals, the Toronto, Ontario native, made her move on her second and third dives where she scored over 52 points on each in order to climb up the ranks.
Carlson closed out her zone meet by scoring 58.80 behind marks of 7.0 on her reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck.
Carlson and her classmate Ayla Bonniwell will compete in their third-straight NCAA Championships together, joining freshmen Ida Hulkko and Nina Kucheran at the meet, which will be held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center from March 20-23. The Seminoles will also compete in the medley relays behind sophomore Emma Terebo, freshman Maddie McDonald, senior Leila Johnston and freshman Kertu Alenk.
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