ATLANTA, Georgia – On Monday, three divers from Florida State qualified for the 2022 NCAA Zone B Championship Finals at the McAuley Aquatics Center.
David Vargas and Jesco Helling competed in the men’s 1-metre finals, while Izzy Gregersen advanced to the women’s 3-metre.
Vargas and Helling started the day finishing the preliminaries in 12th and 13th place respectively.
Vargas started strong but slipped to 12th after his final two dives, finishing with a total of 305.25. On the contrary, Helling started slow but scored more than 50 points in his last four dives to move up to 13th place with 303.10.
With scores carried over to finals, Vargas had a strong round, scoring between 6.0 and 7.0 on each of his six dives, but remained 12th with a final total of 642.85, despite adding 337.60 points to his preliminary score.
If Vargas qualifies for the NCAA on 3-yard or platform, he will be allowed to add 1-yard to his roster since he finished in the top 12.
Helling improved slightly on his first two dives in the prelims, but he saved his best for last, scoring 6.5 on his last dive, a 2 ½ inside somersault that totaled 60.45 points, which brought him to 14th place.
Darwin Nolasco also competed in the 1 meter preliminaries, scoring 279.35 for 19th place.
The women competed over 3 meters, with Gregersen leading.
Gregersen was consistent throughout her six dives in the preliminaries, scoring between 5.5 and 6.5 for a total of 284.20 in 16th place, advancing her to the final.
Gregersen moved up the rankings, improving on each of her first four dives since the preliminaries, moving her to 12th place after scoring 7.0 on her 2½ reverse somersault for 58.80; his best dive of the day.
In round five, Gregersen was just off her preliminary score on her backstroke 1 ½ somersault 1 round, dropping her down to 14th.
Gregersen rebounded with a total of 51.30 from his 2 ½ inside drop, scoring 6.0 and 6.5, taking his total to 579.10 for 12th, just under four points from 10th, which was an NCAA qualifying spot.
However, if Gregersen qualifies for the NCAA on platform, she will be allowed to compete on 3 meters since she placed in the top 12.
Victoria Cervantes finished 22nd (270.50) ahead of Kayleigh Clark (247.05) in 36th and Vivian Johnson in 40th (228.35).
“We were there today,” said FSU head diving coach John Proctor. “Izzy was just so close, but hey, we’ll come back and deal with it tomorrow.”
Day three begins at 11 a.m. with the men’s 3-meter preliminaries, followed by the women’s platform preliminaries.
The top nine on the women’s platform will join the swimmers at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta from March 16-19.
The top 11 in men’s 3-meter and seven on platform will advance to the men’s competition, which is scheduled for March 23-27, also in Atlanta.
The top 18 from each event’s preliminaries will advance to the final, with scores carried over. Live scores will be available via divemeets.com.
tuesday march 8
11 a.m. – Preliminaries 3 meters men
1:15 p.m. – Men’s 3m finals
3:15 p.m. – Women’s platform foreplay
5:20 p.m. – Women’s Platform Finals
Wednesday March 9
11 a.m. – Men’s Platform Foreplay
1:15 p.m. – Men’s platform finals
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