Carlson places 31st at NCAAs


The 2018-19 season came to a close Saturday night for the Florida State Seminoles women’s swimming and diving team at the NCAA championships, which were held last week at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Junior Molly Carlson, who was born in Fort Frances but now lives in Toronto, dove in her third event of the NCAA meet, winding up in 31st place with a score of 230.95.
“This was one of the most competitive meets we’ve ever competed in,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said in a press release.
“One mistake on any board and you’re out of it.
“Molly was disappointed, but she overcame so much this year and I’m very proud of her for battling through it,” he enthused.
“I think both Molly and Ayla [Bonniwell] realize they’ve got one more year at FSU and they’re both already hungry for their senior years,” Proctor added.
Florida State finished the meet with 14 points, tying for 34th place.
Ida Hulkko became an All-American in the 100m breast with the second-fastest time in school history at 58.58, placing fifth.
The Seminoles finished the season 11-1 before finishing sixth at the ACC championships.
Carlson and Bonniwell started their third-straight NCAAs by competing in prelims of one-metre diving on Wednesday.
Carlson led the way for the ‘Noles, scoring a tally of 259.65 for 31st place ahead of Bonniwell (243.00), who took 40th.
“Today was a tough day for the ladies,” Proctor conceded. “This is a very hard field and you just can’t miss.
“Ayla put together a pretty impressive body of work this year and I’m proud of her for that,” he lauded.
“Today just wasn’t her day.
“Molly has two very strong events coming up so we’ll see what the next two days bring,” he added.