July 24, 2008
PASADENA, Calif.- Florida State diver Terry Horner is adding to his list of accomplishments by winning the one-meter springboard championship at the Kaiser Permanente U.S. National Championships in Pasadena, Calif.
“It’s awesome, I started out slow during the competition and wasn’t diving the best that I could,” Horner said. “I just tried to stay focused and consistent while I was diving and it all paid off for me in the end. I’m pretty happy.”
“Terry did a really good job of not missing any dives,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “He stayed consistent and he did some really great dives. I was very proud of him and especially proud of the way he has been training out here.”
The junior from Orlando, Fla. posted a score of 360.80 in the finals to come away with the title. Horner was in seventh place with two dives to go, but averaged 7.0 on his last two attempts to pull away for the victory.
“I tired to stay focused and realize what I needed to do,” Horner said. “I didn’t try to do anything amazing, but just stay consistent and it really worked for me.”
Seminole seniors Scott Derner and Dan Frebel turned in a fifth place performance in the preliminaries of the three-meter synchronized competition with a final score of 299.04. The U.S. National Championships is Derner’s first major non-collegiate competition in his career. He also finished 15th on the one-meter with a score of 280.00. Junior Aleia Monden also turned in a great performance in synchronized diving. The honorable mention All-American paired with Jacqueline Schroeder to place second in the platform preliminaries with a score of 241.41 The men’s synchronized finals will be held on Sunday while the women will compete on Saturday.
The competition continues Thursday with the preliminaries for the men’s three-meter event as well as prelims and finals for the women’s one-meter.