March 11, 2005
ATLANTA, Ga. - With some of the best divers in country converging on Atlanta for the NCAA Zone "B" Championships, the Florida State University contingency knew that it would have to be at the top of its game in order to earn a spot at the upcoming NCAA Championships.
Unfortunately, the Seminoles will have to wait another day for a chance to send a diver to the national summit as no one advanced during Friday's (March 11) first day of competition. The opening day featured the women diving on the three-meter board with the men competing on the one-meter. The top four women and the top five men automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships.
The closest Florida State diver to getting one of the four spots on the first day was sophomore Brittany Lerew (Orland, Fla.). The Atlantic Coast Conference champion on the three-meter board, she was 12th after the preliminary dives. Lerew improved her during the final round, but could only move up five spots to number seven with her 11-dive total of 477.05.
Just one spot back of Lerew was senior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) as she posted an eighth-place score of 472.00. This is McClow's fourth trip to the meet, but she has yet to qualify for the NCAA meet. Her best chance is on Saturday during the one-meter competition. Sophomore Camille Akridge (Moultrie, Ga.) took 28th during the prelims with her 233.80.
Competing in his first Zone meet, freshman Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) took his first shot at the NCAA meet on the one-meter board. Unfortunately the rookie couldn't qualify for the finals as his six-dive tally of 232.40 placed him 35th during the preliminary round. Tilbrook's best event is the three-meter diving in which he earned All-ACC honors for and will compete in on Saturday.
The three-day meet continues at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on Saturday (March 12) with the prelims and finals of the women's one-meter board as well as the men's three-meter competition.