TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State standouts Emir Muratovic (2015-19) and Katrina Young (2010-14) have qualified for the 2019 FINA World Championships, which will be held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12-28.
Young secured her spot on Team USA after winning her second-straight national title in 10-meter synchro alongside Samantha Bromberg (Texas) with a score of 294.42, outlasting a very competitive field at the 2019 USA Diving Senior National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Like European cheese, Katrina continues to improve with age,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Great athletes can perform even when they don’t have their best stuff. She’s been dealing with injuries for several months and it put in her a position to show up pretty far below optimum for her, but she still managed to make the team in one event and put herself in range for an individual. I’m proud of her for grinding it out last week.”
Young and Bromberg continued their success after winning the title at the USA Diving Winter Trials (601.32) before taking bronze at the 2019 USA FINA Diving Grand Prix in Mission Viejo, Calif., with a score of 290.22.
Muratovic captured three golds and set three new national records at the 2019 Banja Luka Open in Bosnia and Heregovina last week. His victories included the 50m free (22.67), 100m free (49.37) and 50m back (25.53).
“I’m excited to see Emir continue his progression of improvement into long course,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “He has done a great job all year and now it’s paying off internationally. It’s a great model for the young guys on our team to follow.”
Muratovic enjoyed a successful senior season in the Garnet and Gold where he became a three-time All-American and FSU record holder, NCAA qualifier and ACC champion as a member of the 200 free relay. In 2018, Muratovic competed at the European Championships for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 50m (23.19) and 100m free (50.95).
Young and Muratovic will be competing in their first-career worlds, Will Pisani (Canada), Ida Hulkko (Finland), Tayla Lovemore (South Africa) at the meet.
The diving portion of will run from July 12-20 followed by swimming from July 21-28 at the Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center.
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