March 15, 2008
Sophomore Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) was the top finisher for Florida State, placing third in the men’s 1m in Day Two of the 2008 NCAA Zone “B” Diving Championships Saturday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. In all, five Seminoles advanced to finals competition.
Horner, who was crowned the 2007 NCAA Champion on the one-meter, scored 710.80 points Saturday. He has now qualified for nationals.
“I was very pleased with Terry Horner today,” FSU head coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “He did some really good things but he will compete even better at nationals. This is kind of a warm up for him. The national championship is where he shines.”
Junior Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed 11th with 606.15 points and senior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) made the cut with an 18th place finish with 544.95 points. Earlier in the day in prelim competition, junior Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) placed 21st with 276.55 points.
In the women’s 3m, two Seminoles finished among the Top 18. Sophomore Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) earned 13th place with 538.20 points and with 514.90 points, sophomore Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) placed 17th. Freshman Katherine Adham (Orlando, Fla.) did not advance to the finals but scored 231.10 points in the prelims to finish 29th.
“Our other divers did okay today but couldn’t seem to get the ball rolling like they have in other meets,” Jeffrey said, “but we still have another day and still have a chance for a couple of more qualifiers.”
Zone B competition concludes with the women’s platform at 11 a.m. (Eastern) and the men’s platform at 2 p.m. (Eastern).
The top 12 women will advance to the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio while the top 10 men will dive in Federal Way, Wash.