Carlson advances to NCAA finals for third-straight year


Florida State Seminoles’ diver Molly Carlson booked a ticket to her third-straight NCAA championships after placing sixth on platform with a score of 510.85 at the Zone B qualifier last week.
The junior, who was born in Fort Frances, will dive a full event list at the NCAAs for just the second time in her career.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of our guys,” said FSU head diving coach John Proctor.
“Their hard work got them through this meet and I am very excited to see what’s next for us at NCAAs.”
Carlson tallied 247.95 out of prelims for ninth place. Then in finals, she made her move on her second and third dives, where she scored more than 52 points on each in order to climb up the ranks.
Carlson closed out her zone meet by scoring 58.80 behind marks of 7.0 on her reverse two-and-a-half somersault tuck.
Carlson and her classmate, Ayla Bonniwell, will compete in their third-straight NCAA championships together, joining freshmen Ida Hulkko and Nina Kucheran at the meet, which will be held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center today through Saturday.
Carlson qualified for the Zone B finals in ninth place after scoring a total of 278.25 out of prelims, where all six of her dives received marks between 6.0-7.0.
Needing only a top-12 finish after punching her ticket to the NCAAs on three-metre, Carlson relied on three big dives of 50 points to carry her throughout the finals, adding a total of 274.25 in order to remain in ninth place with a final score of 552.85.
She is eligible to compete in both springboard events at the NCAAs.
On the first day of the Zone B qualifier, Carlson finished fifth on three-metre with a score of 644.35.
Carlson was consistent over all 12 dives, never suffering any setbacks during prelims or finals.
In fact, she never fell out of an NCAA qualifying position.
The junior tallied 316.55 out of prelims to advance to finals in fourth place in a very tight field, as just 25.30 points separated the top seven divers.
Carlson teetered between fourth and fifth place in finals, adding a total of 327.55 for a final score of 644.35.
“Molly had a great first day,” Proctor lauded.
“This is the hardest zone in the country and there are very few NCAA spots,” he noted.