June 18, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Florida State junior diver Terry Horner will attempt to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China beginning on Friday, June 20, in Indianapolis, Ind. at the Untied States Olympic Diving Trials.
"I'm really excited, I have been training for the last 16 years to get to this moment and I am finally here," Horner said. "I feel like all of my work has finally paid off and I am ready to go out there and do the best I can."
Horner qualified for the Olympic Trials by placing seventh on the 3m board at the 2008 Speedo USA Diving Spring Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn. with a career best score of 420.50. In order to be considered for the team, he must finish in the top six at the trials. The meet winner will automatically qualify while the next five competitors will go to the Olympic Trial selection camp July, 2-6 where one more diver will be selected for the team.
"Things have started to come together really well for me lately," Horner said. "I feel like I am training really hard and I'm really excited because I thrive off of competition. The stressful the situation, the better I do and [the pressure] is something I live for."
The Orlando, Fla. native is in the middle of an illustrious career at Florida State. Horner has won a National Championship on the one-meter board in 2007 and is a three-time All-American and one-time honorable mention All-American. He holds the school-record on both the one and three-meter board and is a two-time ACC Champion and three-time All-ACC performer. The one goal left for the Seminole diver is to represent his country at the Olympics.
"I started diving because I was six years old and I was watching the Olympics and I turned to my parents and said that's what I want to do, I can do that and after 16 years my dreams are starting to come together for me."
Competition on the three-meter begins on Friday with the preliminary round at 2:00 p.m. The top 18 finishers from the first round will be back on the boards at 8:00 p.m. to compete in the semifinals. The best 12 divers will then compete in the finals on Saturday which will be televised live on NBC at 3:30 p.m.