March 7, 2022

Three Noles Advance to Finals at Zones


ATLANTA, Ga.  –  Three Florida State divers advanced to finals at the 2022 NCAA Zone B Championships at the McAuley Aquatics Center on Monday.

David Vargas and Jesco Helling competed in finals of men’s 1-meter, while Izzy Gregersen advanced in the women’s 3-meter.

Vargas and Helling started the day by finishing prelims in 12th and 13th place respectively.

Vargas started off strong, but slipped to 12th following his final two dives, finishing with a total of 305.25.  On the contrary, Helling got off to a slow start, but scored above 50 points on his final four dives to move up to 13th place at 303.10.

With scores carrying over to finals, Vargas put together a solid round, receiving scores between 6.0-7.0 on each of his six dives but remained in 12th with a final total of 642.85, despite adding 337.60 points to his prelims score.

Should Vargas qualify for NCAAs on 3-meter or platform, he will be permitted to add 1-meter to his list since he finished in the top 12.

Helling improved slightly on his first two dives in prelims, however he saved his best for last, scoring 6.5 on his final dive, a inward 2 ½ somersault tuck that went for a total of 60.45 points, which brought him up to 14th place.

Darwin Nolasco also competed in prelims of 1-meter, scoring 279.35 for 19th place.

The women competed on 3-meter, with Gregersen leading the way.

Gregersen was consistent throughout her six dives in prelims, scoring marks between 5.5-6.5 for a total of 284.20 in 16th place, moving her into finals.

Gregersen worked her way up the leaderboard, improving each of her first four dives from prelims, moving her into 12th place after scoring 7.0 on her reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck for 58.80; her highest scoring dive of the day.

In the fifth round, Gregersen was just off her prelims score on her back 1 ½ somersault 1 twist, dropping her to 14th.

Gregersen rebounded with a total of 51.30 on her inward 2 ½ tuck, scoring marks of 6.0 and 6.5, bringing her total of 579.10 for 12th, just under four points from 10th, which was an NCAA qualifying spot.

However, should Gregersen qualify for NCAAs on platform, she will be allowed to compete on 3-meter since she placed within the top 12.

Victoria Cervantes finished 22nd (270.50) ahead of Kayleigh Clark (247.05) in 36th and Vivian Johnson in 40th (228.35).

“We were right there today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Izzy was just so close, but hey, we’re going to come back and get after it tomorrow.”

Day three will start at 11 a.m. with men’s 3-meter prelims, followed by women’s platform prelims.

The top nine finishers on women’s platform will join the swimmers at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships back in Atlanta from March 16-19.

The top 11 from the men’s 3-meter and seven on platform will move on to the men’s meet, which is scheduled for March 23-27, also in Atlanta.

The top 18 from prelims in each event will advance to finals, with scores carrying over. Live scoring will be available via

Tuesday, March 8
11 a.m. – Men’s 3-Meter Prelims
1:15 p.m. – Men’s 3-Meter Finals
3:15 p.m. – Women’s Platform Prelims
5:20 p.m. – Women’s Platform Finals

Wednesday, March 9
11 a.m. – Men’s Platform Prelims
1:15 p.m. – Men’s Platform Finals


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