July 28, 2008
PASADENA, Calif.- A trio of Florida State male divers earned third-place at the Kaiser Permanente U.S. National Championships in Pasadena, Calif. Junior Terry Horner led the group with a National Championship on the one-meter and a third-place performance on the three-meter.
Five days after earning a national title on the one-meter board Horner collected third-place on the three-meter with a career best score of 435.20 to be the highest collegiate finisher. Seminole seniors Scott Derner and Dan Frebel earned a fourth-place finish in the three-meter synchronized competition with a six dive total of 341.07. Frebel placed seventh on the platform a day earlier with a score of 321.05. On the women’s side, junior Aleia Monden placed third in the 10-meter platform synchronized competition with partner Jacqueline Schroeder with a total score of 241.44.
All four divers attribute their success at the U.S. Championships to Florida State’s new Morcom Aquatic Center. The new diving well has four springboards and four platforms ranging from one-meter to 10-meter in height for the Seminoles to practice. Before this summer, divers had to travel to Moultrie, Ga. to practice platform dives.
“It’s great having the new pool to practice,” Frebel said. “Even after a couple of weeks, I’ve been able to practice my dives and execute with more consistency.”
The Morcom Aquatic Center also houses the same pool used at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal where nine world records were broken.