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Carlson punches her ticket to NCAA diving Championships

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Florida State Seminoles divers Molly Carlson and Joshua Davidson are heading to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after qualifying at the Zone 'B' Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on Monday.

Carlson began the day by finishing second in a tight 1-metre field with a total of 579.75 and Davidson followed with a fifth-place finish on 3-metre (746.85).

Carlson secured her fourth straight bid to the NCAA Championships, joining sophomores Nina Kucheran, Aryanna Fernandes and freshman Sydney VanOvermeiren at the meet, which will run from March 18-21 back at the University of Georgia.

As a junior, Davidson will compete at his third NCAAs the following week in Indianapolis, Ind., from March 25-28. The men's swimming list will be officially announced later this week, however the Seminoles will field all five relays after exceeding the qualifying times.

FSU is also expected to be well represented in the individual races, as well.

“I am very proud of Molly and Josh,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said in a story on seminoles.com.

“Both of them were solid today [Monday]. They didn't really have any big misses over 12 dives and when you're at meets like this, that's what you've got to do,” he reasoned.

“Our zone is very talented and competitive and one mistake could cost you and these two just gutted it out and did what they needed to do.”

Carlson didn't miss over the course of 12 dives, scoring tallies from 44.85-54.00 and receiving marks between 5.5-8.0. The Fort Frances native, who now resides in Toronto, scored 288.25 for second place in prelims and held her rank in the finals after adding 291.50, securing the bid by less than 10 points.

She will be one of the seven divers representing Zone 'B' at the NCAAs.

Davidson scored 375.90 in prelims behind scores of 5.5-8.0 for fourth place. Then in the finals, the Tomball, Texas native added a tally of 370.95 in order to earn one of the eight spots to NCAAs.

Seniors Ayla Bonniwell and Cam Thatcher were also in action on Monday. Bonniwell finished 10th on 1-metre with a score of 553.25 and Thatcher was 13th on 3-meter at 702.80.

Bonniwell rebounded on her sixth dive in prelims by scoring 48.75 on her back 1 ½ somersault 1 ½ twist for a final score of 265.45, for 13th. In the finals, Bonniwell improved, adding 287.80 to her total, moving up to take 10th place at 553.25.

Thatcher started the day in 10th at 350.70. After a slow start in finals, Thatcher bounced back with four dives that exceeded the 60-point total, saving his best for last at 71.30 on his front 3 ½ somersault adding 352.10 for 13th.

Davidson and Thatcher both were to compete in the 1-metre prelims yesterday, with the top 18 advancing to the finals, and the top eight qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

The women's 3-metre was to follow shortly after, with the top seven advancing to the NCAAs.

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