Nine members of the Florida State diving team are ready to compete in the Zone B NCAA qualifier.
Florida State diver Tom Neubacher and softball player Kelly Hensley were among 50 student-athletes honored with Weaver James-Corrigan scholarship.
Tiffany Oliver took gold in the 100 free while Katrina Young dominated platform with a new ACC meet record score while pulling the Noles to a third place finish.
The Florida State women's swimming and diving team sits in third place behind Virginia and North Carolina heading into the final day of the 2014 ACC Championships.
Tiffany Oliver defends her title in the 50 free, the 200 free relay wins a stunning sliver, while Madison Jacobi, Katrina Young earn bronze.
It was senior day as well as "Paint it Pink" at the Morcom Aquatic Center on Oct. 16, 2011
To mold a championship diver it takes a true champion, and Florida State's Patrick Jeffrey certainly fits that bill. A three-time NCAA Champion and two-time Olympian, Jeffrey was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. Entering his 15th year in Tallahassee, his experience has helped Florida State divers re-write the ACC and Seminole record books year after year while maintaining one of the strongest diving programs in the country. In fact, Jeffrey has coached at least one diver to an All-American honor in 11 of his 14 years while at the helm of Seminole diving.
In 2013, Tom Neubacher became the sixth Seminole in FSU history to garner All-America accolades on 1-meter , as he placed seventh in the event at the NCAA Championships. He closed his meet with a 13th place on Platform, netting honorable mention accolades. Kelsey Goodman qualified for her first-career NCAA Championships, while Ariel Rittenhouse took home her first ACC crown in 3-meter. After the collegiate season, Jeffrey led Katrina Young to a fifth place finish at the World Championship Trials on Platform, qualifying her for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The Shoreline, Wash. native took sixth on platform with Jeffrey by her side as Team USA's head coach, contributing to a silver medal in the Team Classification.
At the 2012 ACC Championships, all eight divers competed in at least one championship final with a team of four ladies and four men in, Jeffrey coached six of those eight to All-ACC performances including an ACC Champion in Young. Young would be the first-ever female platform ACC Champion for the Seminoles since the event was added back in 2008. She went onto qualify for the NCAA Championships, where she turned in a fourth place finish on the platform, claiming All-America honors. Her fourth place showing tied the highest individual finish by a female Florida State swimmer or diver at the NCAA event. As a team Jeffrey's divers displayed dominance at the 2012 ACC Championships with all eight members qualifying for a championship final. He guided three men to the finals in both springboard events, before placing four in the final on the platform. For the ladies, three dove in the championship on 1-meter, while two competed in the finals of 3-meter.
Young wasn't the only diver in the spotlight during the 2011-2012 season. Rittenhouse grabbed the silver medal on the women's 1-meter springboard at ACC's before she qualified for NCAA's. Goodman improved from her freshman season as she took third on the women's 3-meter springboard. Nick Klein and Ford McLiney also took home All-ACC honors.
Prior to the 2011-12 season, Jeffrey coached a number of Seminole gems including Terry Horner and Landon Marzullo. Horner is the most decorated diver in Florida State history with six All-America performances including one NCAA Championship showing back in 2007. Horner is also a three-time ACC Champion. In 2011 Marzullo finished out his career as a Seminole with an All-America performance on the 3-meter springboard.
In addition to Young and Horner, Jeffrey has also coached six other ACC Champions. Josh Edelman, Louis Gagnet, Dan Friebel, Chelsie Lerew Courtney McClow, Tiffany Manning, Brittany Lerew, Young and Horner have earned the Seminoles 20 gold medals in the diving events in 12 years.
Jeffrey has also helped usher in a new era in international competition for the Garnet and Gold with Horner earning a place on the 2009 World Championship team. Horner earned a 16th place finish in the one-meter. Horner also finished second in the one-meter at the USA Diving National Championships later in the summer of 2009 and seventh in the three-meter. Maruzullo would follow those footsteps two years later in 2011 by representing the U.S. at the World University Games. In 2010, the men's team took the team championship at the Winter Nationals.
The 2008 season was business as usual for Florida State divers with three All-American performances, four All-ACC results and two ACC Championships. On the men's side Jeffrey's four divers under Jeffery earned 10 top-eight finishes at the ACC Championships led by a pair of victories by Horner (one-meter, three-meter) and a pair of second place finishes by Frebel (three-meter, platform). The women also held their own at the ACC Championships with the team's four divers earning points in 11 out-of 12 opportunities.
An NCCA Division I Champion himself, Jeffrey can now say he's coached one with Terry Horner's victory in 2007 on the one-meter board.
Since Jeffrey's arrival in 1999, he's not only put Florida State Diving on the map, he's set the standard for diving in the entire conference. Seminole divers have captured 20 of the 49 ACC championships on the boards during Jeffrey's tenure. Under his guidance Florida State has claimed at least one conference title on the men's side in seven of the past 12 seasons and the school's four-straight championships on the one-meter and three more in the three-meter have not been equaled in nearly 20 years. Additionally 21 of Jeffrey's divers have earned All-ACC honors and over the last 12 seasons, Florida State divers have claimed four Women's ACC Divers of the Meet awards, three Men's ACC Diver of the Meet honors as well as a Women's ACC Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Year accolade.
The only records not owned by Jeffrey's divers are from All-Americans Paul Spray and Wendy Fuller which will stand forever because of event format changes.
Jeffrey's coaching accolades also stretch internationally. He was among the staff at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy where he coached Horner. In 2007 Jeffrey was a member of the United States World University Games staff where he coached two of his own student-athletes, Horner and Frebel. He was on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team coaching staff along with the 1997 and 1999 US Senior World Cup staffs. He also coached the 2001 U.S. World Championship team in Fukioka, Japan. He has served as a Senior National team coach from 1997-2000 with a one year stint (1998) with the Junior National Team. Under Jeffrey's tutelage, divers have won five U.S. Senior National titles, three Junior National championships, and a pair of third place finishes for the Senior Men's team in U.S. national competition.
Jeffrey's wealth of diving knowledge is a direct result of his own career. A seven-time All-American, he highlighted his tenure at Ohio State with a tremendous senior season in 1988. He became the first, and still only, diver in NCAA history to sweep all three diving events with championships on the one-meter, three-meter and platform, earning him 1988 NCAA Diver of the Year. Leading up to those NCAA Championships, he swept the Big Ten Conference meet as well and was honored with 1988 Big Ten Diver of the Year.
On the international scene, Jeffrey was a finalist on the ten-meter platform at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. He is a five-time U.S. National Diving Champion splitting those championships between disciplines with three in the ten-meter platform event while holding a pair of titles in the three-meter springboard event. He was also the U.S. Olympic Trials Champion on platform in 1996. In addition, he won bronze medals at the 1991 and 1995 Pan-Am games. He competed as a member of the US's 1989 and 1995 World Cup teams as well as at the 1993 Goodwill Games Team.
Most importantly, Jeffrey has drawn from all his experiences on the boards and as a coach to structure a program that is designed to develop up and coming athletes into national and world level contenders. He takes from the knowledge that he obtained in his 20 years as an athlete and the subsequent 15 years at the world and national levels.
JEFFREY'S COACHING RESUME:
2013: World University Games - Team USA Head Coach
2009: World Championship Team
2007: World Student Games Team
2001: U.S. World Championship Team
2000: U.S. Olympic Team
1999 U.S. World Cup Team
1999-present: Diving Coach, Florida State
1998: Junior National Team
1997: US World Cup Team
1996-present: U.S. Senior National Team
1996-99: Diving Coach, Atlantic Diving Team, Boca Raton, FL
JEFFREY'S DIVING RESUME:
1988 United Stated Olympic team
1996 United States Olympic team
1996 US Olympic Trials Champion
5-time US National Champion
3-time NCAA Division I Champion
2-time Pan Am Bronze Medalist
2-time U.S. World Cup Team Member
U.S. Good Will Games Team Member
Many Time International Champion/Medalist