KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Three Florida State divers advanced to the NCAA Championships on Tuesday of the 2018 NCAA Zone B Championships at the University of Tennessee. Sophomore Molly Carlson punched her ticket while sophomore Ayla Bonniwell and freshman Joshua Davidson added another event to their NCAA lists.
Carlson advances to her second career NCAA Championships after placing second on 3-meter with a total of 667.45, while Bonniwell adds 3-meter to her NCAA list following an eighth place finish with a total of 603.90.
Davidson will also dive in both springboard events at the NCAA Championships, after he placed fourth on 1-meter with a total of 699.80.
“Molly and Ayla killed it today on 3-meter,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Josh on 1-meter too. They took care of business today and dove very well.”
In prelims, Carlson performed two of her first three dives for totals of 44.40 and 40.50. However, she caught fire in the fourth round of prelims and never looked back, receiving totals higher than 50 points on her remaining nine dives.
The Toronto, Ont., native finished prelims with a tally of 316.15, advancing to finals in fourth place.
In finals, Carlson turned the top scores of two rounds, scoring 7.50-8.0 on both her back 2 ½ somersault tuck and reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck.
All told, Carlson turned in her best round of 3-meter since donning the Garnet and Gold at 351.30 for a final score 667.45.
Needing to finish within the top 12 of 3-meter after earning her bid yesterday, Bonniwell started off with the second highest total in prelims of 325.00. With the pressure off her shoulders, the Ithaca, N.Y., native added 278.90 in finals for a total of 603.90 and an eighth place finish.
Carlson and Bonniwell will compete at NCAAs in Columbus, Ohio from March 14-17 along with seniors Natalie Pierce and Tayla Lovemore along with freshmen Elise Olsen and Madeline Cohen. Freshman Emma Terebo and seniors Ariel Barber and Alexi Smith will also make the trip to compete on relays.
After securing his spot at the 2018 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Monday following a sixth place finish on 3-meter, Davidson was solid over all 12 dives, on 1-meter scoring above 50 points on each one.
Davidson, posted a total of 332.95 in prelims, qualifying for finals in fourth place.
The Tomball, Texas native scored almost 34 points higher in finals behind marks ranging from 6.0-7.5 on each dive, however he remained in fourth.
Sophomore Cameron Thatcher also advanced to the 1-meter final, in 14th place behind a score of 302.95. During the round, Thatcher had four dives scoring above 50 points including a total of 66 on his reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck.
In finals, Thatcher continued to receive totals above 50 points on his first four dives, helping him move up to 13th behind a final score of 601.25.
Senior Blaire Mulka advanced to her fourth career NCAA Zone B final after finishing 14th in prelims with a total of 283.40. In finals, Mulka performed three dives above 50 points, including her highest marks of 6.0 on her forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike for 54 points.
The Boca Raton, Fla., native finished the event in 15th place with a total of 566.30.
Senior Tyler Roberge closed out his springboard career at FSU with a 25th place finish, scoring 260.15 on 1-meter while senior Caroline Gerhardt dove in her final event as a Seminole, scoring 261.60 for 21st place on 3-meter.
Sophomore Aidan Faminoff and Roberge will compete in platform on Wednesday.
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