March 12, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - After securing her NCAA invitation with a second place finish on 1-meter on Monday, redshirt junior Katrina Young won the platform event on Wednesday at the 2014 NCAA Zone B Championships, held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
"I really wanted to do well on platform today," Young said. "I love diving the springboard events, but platform is my baby and I was just so happy to be diving my event."
After prelims, Young was sitting in second place with a total of 326.60, just under three-points behind Laura Ryan (Georgia). In finals, Young surpassed Ryan after her third dive before Ryan took back the lead after the fourth dive. Follow a dive change from Ryan, Young took advantage and threw one her best dives of the day (Back 2 1/2 Somersault with 1 1/2 Twist Pike), good enough for 83.20 points and the victory. Young's final score was 656.90.
"That last dive is one of my favorite dives," Young said. "I know I can finish my list strong with it and today I knew when my hands hit the water, I had it."
"I'm really proud of her," head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. "I think this gives her a great start to NCAA's. She has a really good shot to get to the finals and if that happens, who knows what could happen in that round. It's anyone's game."
Young will join Ariel Rittenhouse and nine other FSU swimmers at the 2014 NCAA Championships, which will be held next weekend (March 20-22) at the University of Minnesota.
Also competing with Young was freshman Alexia Gonzalez, who took 24th place with a score of 185.80.
The men contested on platform to start out the day. Senior Tom Neubacher closed out his Seminole career with a seventh place finish in the event with a final score of 677.15, while his classmate Mikey Lewark followed in eighth (660.55). Freshman Dylan Grisell was ninth with a total of 647.85.
Kalonji Cole finished in 18th place with a total of 219.45.
"I thought the guys did well today," Jeffrey said. "I'm very proud of Tom and Mikey. They went out there and gave it all they had in order to try and qualify. It's bittersweet seeing their careers come to a close, but they really had great meets."
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