February 4, 2010 - by
Three Seminoles Reach Finals

Feb. 4, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH – The Florida State diving team continued their success at the USA Diving Winter Nationals today. The Seminoles punched three tickets to the finals in today’s two events.

Terry Horner returned to the boards in the men’s three-meter dive and earned a 10th place finish in the quarterfinals. His total score of 381.65 moves him into the twelve-man finals taking place on Saturday.

In the women’s 10-meter platform dive, Jaq Schroeder and Aleia Monden both earned spots in the finals set for Saturday. Schroeder matched her preliminary finish with another seventh place spot in the quarterfinals. Her total score in the semifinals was 279.50. Despite experimenting with a new dive today, Monden pulled through with a total score of 263.55 and a 10th place finish that will send her to the finals.

Other Seminoles competing today in the men’s three-meter were Landon Marzullo and Jordan Horsley. Marzullo, who finished first in the preliminaries on Monday, faced stiff competition from the event’s pre-qualifiers. He finished a promising seventh in the quarterfinals with a score of 393.80. However in the finals he faltered slightly on his reverse three and a half somersault tuck and fell out of position to reach the finals. Jordan Horsley competed in the quarterfinals of the event but his score of 300.05 was not enough to reach the semifinals.

“Today went pretty well for the team,” said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. “We had our highs and lows. Terry performed well as expected and I’m proud of Aleia and Jaq, our only two women in the 10-meter, both reaching the finals. I’m disappointed Landon couldn’t carry the momentum he had from the prelims but he still has more opportunities to leave his mark this weekend.”

Action resumes tomorrow with the women’s three-meter and the men’s 10-meter platform quarterfinals and semifinals. For the women Monden will be back on the boards along with Katherine Adham and Katie Sirounis. On the 10-meter platform Marzullo will compete along with teammates Nick Klein and Mike Neubacher.

For more news and coverage of the Seminoles stay tuned to www.seminoles.com or follow the team on Twitter @fsu_swimming.

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