Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Weekend of March 12-14

March 14, 2010

Seminoles Clinch Two NCAA Spots at Zone B Diving Championships
The Florida State diving squad concluded its three days of competition at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Sunday, March 14, on the campus of Georgia Tech University. After all results were tabulated two Seminole men, Terry Horner and Landon Marzullo, clinched spots at the men’s NCAA Championships in two weeks. Senior Aleia Monden qualified as an alternate for the women’s NCAA Championships coming up this week.

Horner earned the Seminoles’ lone individual victory as he won the men’s one-meter dive Saturday with a score of 772.45. The senior earned a sixth place finish in the men’s three meter on Friday with a score of 764.85 and a ninth place finish in the men’s platform Sunday with a score of 526.50

Marzullo earned his highest finish of the weekend, third place in the men’s platform dive with a score of 760.55. In the three-meter dive the Columbus, Ohio native finished in fifth place with a score of 770.65. He scored 692.60 points in the men’s one meter to clinch a seventh place finish. 

Shinholser takes platform title, joins McDonald as NCAA qualifier
Freshman diver Logan Shinholser earned the top finish in the men’s platform event on Sunday and earned a ticket to the men’s NCAA Championships, joining Mikey McDonald as two of the men’s four qualifiers from the Zone A Diving Championships.

Shinholser, Tech’s school record holder in the platform, posted a dominant performance, combining for 702.65 points to take first, nearly a 90-point increase from the second-place finisher. Daniel Martin was also solid for the H2Okies, placing fourth with a score of 562.10, marking his third top-10 finish of the weekend. McDonald finished 11th.

Freshman Sara Mokhtari, the women’s school record holder in the platform event, earned a top-three spot with a third-place finish and a score of 445.95. Sarah Milton took fourth with 436.80 points. Cara Murnan and Carissa Santora placed sixth and seventh, respectively, while Andrea Sawchuck and Julia Bradford earned respective 11th and 12th-place finishes.

Ross Ends Day Two at NCAA Zone Diving Championships
University of Miami senior diver Reuben Ross finished the second day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Zone `B' Diving Championships on Saturday, claiming second place on the 3-meter springboard, and finishing fifth on the 1-meter, at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Ross, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) and a seven-time All-American for the Hurricanes, took part in two events on Saturday.

He began the day with a second place finish in the finals on the 3-meter springboard, registering a score of 820.15 through the preliminaries and finals.

Khosravi Finishes Sixth in Platform Dive on Final Day of NCAA Zone B Championships
Georgia Tech's Chris Khosravi finished sixth overall in the platform dive on the third and final day of the 2010 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships at the GT Aquatic Center.

Khosravi, who was the only Georgia Tech athlete to compete on the day, qualified for the finals in the platform after posting a combined score of 253.60. The mark put Khosravi in eighth overall entering the finals.

In the finals, Khosravi posted an impressive score of 353.00 take his overall combined score to 606.60 and move up two whole places into sixth.

Clemson Diving Wraps Up Second Day at NCAA Zone B Championships
The Clemson diving team completed the second day of competition at the NCAA Zone B Championships at Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The women competed on the three-meter, while the men competed on the one-meter event.

Sophomore Brooke George was the top finisher for the Tigers on the women's side with a 22nd place finish and a score of 245.70. Fellow sophomore Cassie Self took 27th with a score of 221.70 and freshman Elizabeth Tatum finished 32nd with a score of 202.05.

On the men's side, senior David Giambra finished 21st on the one-meter event with a score of 272.10 to lead all Tiger divers.

NC State Finishes Stay at Zones
Kirstyn Shepler and Hannah Hopkins wrapped up NC State’s stay at the 2010 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships on Sunday, March 14, both finishing in the top 10 of the women’s platform dive finals.

Shepler took seventh overall with a 489.30 score, while Hopkins’ 482.75 was good for eighth.

Both divers moved up in the finals after solid showings in the prelim round. Shepler ended the prelims in eighth with a 247.45, while Hopkins was 10th after a 231.90 score.