Feb. 7, 2010
COLUMBUS, OH - The Florida State diving team concluded its weeklong competition on Sunday at the USA Diving Winter Nationals on the campus of The Ohio State University. The highlights of the meet for the Seminoles included 15 quarterfinal qualifications and four finals appearances.
Terry Horner, who prequalified for the three-meter dive quarterfinals, earned a seventh place finish in the event finals. With scores carried over from the semifinals, Horner added 423.65 points to his 421.80 semifinals score to bring his finals total to 845.45.
Also on Saturday, Jaq Schroeder and Aleia Monden competed in the women's platform final. Schroeder earned a seventh place finish in the event and Monden took 11th place. Schroeder improved on her 279.50 points from Thursday, earning 287.65 points in the finals for a total score of 567.15. Monden matched her 263.55 semifinals score to bring her finals total to 527.10.
On Sunday Mike Neubacher rose from 11th place in the men's platform semifinals to a ninth place finish in the event finals. Neubacher added 373.75 points to his 380.80 semifinal score for a total of 754.55 in the finals.
"This has been a great week for the team," said Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey. "I'm very pleased with the performances of Terry, Jaq, Aleia and Mike in the finals this weekend. They pushed themselves the whole week and I could not be more proud of how they performed."
Unfortunately the team was unable to stay in Columbus through Monday's men's and women's one-meter dive quarter, semi and final rounds due to academic obligations.
On the men's side Landon Marzullo led the way with a first place finish in the preliminary round of the event last Monday. In addition to Marzullo, Neubacher, Jordan Horsley and Nick Klein also qualified for the event based on their performance in the preliminaries. Horner was prequalified for the event's quarterfinals and therefore did not compete in the preliminaries.
On the women's side, four athletes qualified to compete in the quarterfinals of the one-meter dive based on their preliminary round scores last Tuesday. Elysse Rowland led the group with a 4th place finish in the prelims. Katherine Adham, Monden and Katie Sirounis also earned spots in the quarterfinals.
"The whole team comes away from Nationals with tremendous experience, from the general atmosphere of the meet, to the level of competition," Coach Jeffrey said. "This was a great warm up for the conference and NCAA championship meets drawing near. Everyone knows what to expect and what it's going to take to reach the top."
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