Diving, Medley Paces FSU on Night One of ACC Championships
Five Florida State divers contributed towards the team total on the first day of the ACC Championships.
By Christa Salerno
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2016 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships got underway at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Wednesday as the Florida State swimming and diving teams competed in four events.
The meet began at 10 a.m. with the ladies first contesting on 1-meter, followed by the men on 3-meter. Between both FSU diving teams, five athletes combine for 60 total team points.
“Our kids did some great things today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They’re right there. They’re in it. I think we have a lot more left in the tank and hopefully we can have a better day tomorrow.”
Freshman Cassidy Gebhart scored the first points for the Seminoles by taking 14th in 1-meter diving with a final score of 277.95.
“Cassidy was solid today,” Proctor said. “She kept her head in it throughout the event and it’s great that she could score points for the team in her first event at this level.”
In men’s diving, junior Dylan Grisell placed seventh in prelims with a score of 352.05, advancing to finals. Grisell would move on and compete in five rounds of finals before withdrawing, finishing eighth with a score of 215.80.
Senior Kalonji Cole along with sophomores Tyler Roberge and Cameron Johnson all earned points in the event as Cole placed 14th with a score of 324.20. Roberge placed 18th (307.35) and Johnson was 20th (298.85).
“Kalonji and Cameron had great days today,” Proctor said. “They put forth some of the best dives I’ve ever seen them do. That’s all you can ask out of them and at the end of the day, they scored points for the team and I’m happy for them.”
The Seminoles started the swimming session off with a fifth place finish in the 200 medley relay with the team of senior Bianca Spinazzola, sophomore Natalie Pierce, freshman Lelia Johnson and sophomore Alexi Smith for a final time of 1:38.00.
“I thought it was a good lead off,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Our exchanges were a little safe but overall we had a good relay.”
An hour later, the Seminoles placed 11th in the 800 free relay with the team of seniors Josie Cuda and Sami Pochowski followed by freshman Meg Brown and senior Madison Jacobi, with a time of 7:22.08.
“The first day is behind us,” Bradley said. “The stage is set and now it’s time for our kids to go out there and perform individually. They’ve put in the work. They just need to trust it and take care of business tomorrow.”
Florida State will head into tomorrow in 10th place with a total of 95 points.
Prelims will start at 10 a.m. on Thursday and will contain the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and men’s 1-meter diving. Finals will start at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN3.
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