Carlson impresses at NCAA championship


Molly Carlson has had another excellent season on the diving board.
The Florida State sophomore, who was born in Fort Frances, earned All-America honourable mention accolades Friday at the 2018 NCAA championships held at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
Carlson finished 15th in the three-metre while also earning the final spot in the consolation final by .40 after finishing 16th with a score of 315.35 in the prelims.
During trials, Carlson was solid–scoring three dives above 55 points in the second, third, and fourth rounds.
Her second dive, which was her highest of the round, started the stretch as she tallied 58.50 on her forward two-and-a-half somersault one-twist pike.
Carlson climbed as high as ninth during the prelims but ended up in 16th following her final dive.
Just minutes later, Carlson performed again and held her place of 16th position until she put down her best dive of the day that scored 64.40, which was a reverse two-and-a-half somersault tuck in the fifth round.
Carlson moved up to place 15th with a score of 300.40, finishing with an All-America honourable mention for the second-straight season.
“What Molly did this year was one of the most impressive things I’ve seen as a coach,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said in a press release.
“She went from having wrist surgery several months ago, possibly ending her season, to becoming an All-American.
“That’s truly impressive,” Proctor added. “We are very proud of her.”
Carlson had booked her ticket to her second-straight NCAA championships after placing second in three-metre with a total of 667.45 at the NCAA Zone ‘B’ championships at the University of Tennessee back on March 6.
In the prelims, Carlson performed two of her first three dives for totals of 44.40 and 40.50.
However, she caught fire in the fourth round of prelims and never looked back, receiving totals higher than 50 points on her remaining nine dives.
She then finished the prelims with a tally of 316.15, advancing to finals in fourth place.
In the finals, Carlson turned in the top scores of two rounds–scoring 7.50-8.0 on both her back two-and-a-half somersault tuck and reverse two-and-a-half somersault tuck.
All told, Carlson turned in her best round of three-metre since donning the garnet-and-gold at 351.30 for a final score 667.45.