Florida State diver Dylan Grisell capped off his career on Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Championships with an All-America honorable mention performance on platform by finishing ninth with a score of 389.00.
Grisell becomes the first Seminole to earn All-America honors in back-to-back NCAA meets on platform as he placed seventh in the event in 2016. He also joins Robert Weber, Curt Genders, Phil Boggs, Paul Spray, Terry Horner and Landon Marzullo to score in consecutive NCAAs in any diving event dating back to 1958.
“Anytime you can make history that’s really something special,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “He had an awesome final round and a great career.”
Grisell advanced to the consolation round after scoring a total of 359.45 in prelims. He bounced back from his second round dive (43.50) by scoring each of his remaining four above 50 points, including 73.50 on his final dive – a back 2 ½ somersault 1 ½ twist pike for 12th place.
Minutes later, Grisell stayed hot in finals, opening with a 75-point forward 3 ½ somersault pike, taking over the early lead.
Grisell continued to lead through rounds two and three, however he put down his best dive of the day in the fourth round, scoring 75.90 on his armstand back 3 somersault tuck.
After his fifth dive, which was a back 3 ½ somersault tuck that tallied 62.70, the Toronto, Ont. native extended his lead to 49.50. He added 41.60 on his last dive, for the consolation final win at 389.00.
In addition to Grisell, freshman Aidan Faminoff made his NCAA debut by placing 25th with a score of 309.65 while junior Tyler Roberge followed in 27th at 287.00.
In morning prelims, senior Jason McCormick also put forth his career best time in the 100 free, touching at 43.00 for 27th place in the individual event.
He followed that effort by going faster in the lead off leg of the 400 free relay, splitting 42.98 to end his career as the third fastest Seminole in history.
“I felt like it was a day for the seniors,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “Jason was able to break 43 in his last swim ever for FSU. That was awesome. I was excited about Dylan’s performance too.”
Junior Connor Kalisz placed 27th in the 200 back with a mark of 1:42.21 while senior Chad Mylin finished 39th at 44.47 in the 100 free.
Senior Jason Coombs closed out his career by placing 34th at 1:57.07 in the 200 breast.
The team of McCormick, sophomore Kanoa Kaleoaloha, junior Joe Plechy and sophomore Will Pisani swam the fastest time of the season in the 400 free relay, touching with a mark of 2:52.12 for 21st place. It was one-tenth off the school record that was set back in 2009.
“Last year that time placed 11th,” Studd said. “Everyone was much faster this year. Our guys swam lights out on that relay and it was a great way to cap it all off.”
Florida State finished in 31st place with a total of 16 points.
Courtesy of Christa Salerno | FSU