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Carlson wins third diving MVP award

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Florida State Seminoles senior diver Molly Carlson was selected as the Women's ACC Diving Meet MVP for the third time in her career, after she nabbed the gold medal on platform back on Feb. 22 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Carlson, who originally is from Fort Frances and was competing in her final ACCs, took silver on 1-metre before winning gold on both the 3-metre and platform.

Since platform was officially added to the meet in 2008, Carlson is the first Seminole in history to medal on all three boards at the same ACCs.

She also becomes the second Seminole to win three ACC Diving Meet MVP honors in her career as Chelsie Lerew won three from 2001-03 before Miami and Virginia Tech joined the league in 2004.

“What can I say about the body of work Molly has put together at the meet over four years,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said in a story on seminoles.com.

“I think it speaks for itself. MVP three out of four years, the only one she didn't win was when she had wrist surgery and didn't have great use of her hands. She's amazing. We're all incredibly proud of her.”

Carlson sat in eighth place in prelims heading into the fifth-and-final dive, but thanks to a 71.40 scoring reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck, she moved up into second, finishing just one-tenth of a point behind the leader.

Then in the final, Carlson made her move in the fourth round after starting in fifth and climbing to third, capitalizing on her back 2 ½ pike, scoring 66.70 points—a dive she missed earlier in prelims.

The 1-metre champion, Camryn Hildalgo of Georgia Tech, was the leader heading into the fourth, but a miss dropped her out of medal contention after Carlson nailed her reverse. However, she saved her best dive for last (64.00), putting the pressure on Carlson to perform a clean last dive.

“Walking out for my last dive of my ACC career I was tearing up hearing the entire Seminole family and so many more cheering me on,” Carlson said of the experience.

“I knew I had to make it count. After I hit the water I looked up and saw my name on top of the leaderboard and I haven't been so happy in my life.”

Carlson counted on her favourite reverse dive, matching her total from prelims that gave her a personal best score of 297.25 and her second career platform victory.

She capped her ACC career with seven medals, winning at least one at every meet.

“I just want to thank everyone for all the support," Carlson said. "I wouldn't want to represent anyone else. As always, go Noles!”

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