Carlson wins silver in ACC 1-meter diving

Florida State senior diver Molly Carlson opened the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships by winning the silver medal on 1-meter with a score of 300.85 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Wednesday night.

The Toronto, Ont., native has now won at least one medal at each ACC meet for a total of five in her career, joining Katrina Young (2010-15) and Courtney McClow (2001-05) as four-time All-ACC diving honorees.

“As a senior I am thrilled to represent the Seminole family one last time,” Carlson said. “I enjoyed the moment, doing what I love and just went out there and gave it my best shot.”

Carlson started the night seeded sixth and immediately went to the top of the heat,  capitalizing on her second dive, scoring 55.90 points on her front 2 1/2.

After the third round, Carlson moved up to second place after scoring 49.45 on her back ½ and never looked back. She held on to silver for the final three dives that saw scores between 6.0-7.0.

In prelims, Carlson recovered after a mishap on her third dive with a reverse 1 ½ somersault pike, scoring 7.5 & 7.0 for a total of 52.80 to put her back in the top eight. She finished the round with a total of 278.10 for sixth place in order to send her to her seventh career ACC final.

Junior Joshua Davidson competed in his fifth ACC springboard final and finished in fifth place on 3-meter with a total of 367.15, after turning in a score of 368.15 for third place in prelims.

At night, Davidson’s first two dives were the best of the day, scoring totals of 72.00 and 79.90, but after misses in the third and fourth round he dropped to fifth. The Tomball, Texas, native rebounded and added totals of 66.00 and 62.00 in the fifth and sixth rounds.

“Wow, Molly,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “What a great result for her in her third best event. We’re all so proud of her. Josh did a great job. He got through prelims to represent us in the final and he came out strong, but had a couple of misses. He was right there.”

The Seminoles started the night off with a seventh place finish behind sophomores Madeleine McDonald, Nina Kucheran, Aryanna Fernandes and Kertu Alnek at 1:37.60 in the 200 medley relay.

Florida State finished with a time of 7:22.18 in the 800 free relay behind junior Emma Terebo, Kucheran, freshman Lizzie Harris and senior Paige Schendelaar-Kemp for 11th.

“It was a tough day for us on the swimming side,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “But Molly was awesome tonight on the boards.”

Senior Cam Thatcher finished in ninth place with a score of 319.55 and his classmate, Aidan Faminoff was 29th at 229.80 on 3-meter.  Senior Ayla Bonniwell also contributed 11th place points with a total of 270.75 on 1-meter.

“Ayla and Cam fought really hard,” Proctor added. “I am very proud of them. Just a nose more and they were right there.”

The FSU women are in seventh place after three events with a total of 122 points.

Pat named to Ben Hogan watch list

Junior John Pak from the Florida State Men’s Golf team has been selected to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List, announced on Wednesday by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

The Scotch Plains, N.J., native is one of 31 collegiate golfers on the prestigious list. The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is given annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period from June to May.

Pak is ranked ninth among all collegiate golfers in the Golfstat rankings, coming off his sixth win at Florida State in the season-opening Mobile Sports Authority Intercollege held Feb. 11-12. Pak’s six wins are second all-time in program history and just two shy of tying the career mark set by Nolan Henke (8) from 1983-87.

The 2020 Ben Hogan Award watch list, as determined by the award’s subcommittee, includes: John Augenstein (Vanderbilt), John Axelsen (Florida), Ricky Castillo (Florida), Pierceson Coody (Texas), Quade Cummins (Oklahoma), Cooper Dossey (Baylor), Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State), Carl Didrik Fosaas (Keiser), Noah Goodwin (SMU), Cole Hammer (Texas), Peter Kuest (BYU), Drew Mathers (Huntingdon), William Mouw (Pepperdine), Vincent Norrman (Georgia Southwestern), Andy Ogletree (Georgia Tech), Pak (Florida State), Adrien Pendaries (Duke), David Perkins (Illinois State), Trent Phillips (Georgia), Mark Power (Wake Forest), Garrett Reband (Oklahoma), Jovan Rebula (Auburn), Matthias Schmid
(Louisville), Sandy Scott (Texas Tech), Luke Schniederjans (Georgia Tech), Tyler Strafaci (Georgia Tech), Sahith Theegala (Pepperdine), Davis Thompson (Georgia), Jack Trent (UNLV), Trevor Werbylo (Arizona) and Chun An Yu (Arizona State).

Through nine stroke-play rounds in 2019-20, Pak has a 69.00 scoring average. He entered his junior year coming off arguably the greatest season in program history as a sophomore, shooting a school-record 69.56 and becoming only the third Seminole to earn first-team All-America honors by both the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfweek.

FSU beach volleyball

The Florida State beach volleyball team placed a program-record five student-athletes on the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Preseason All-Conference Team, the league office announced on Wednesday, February 19. 

Seniors Molly McBain and Sara Putt, along with juniors Madison Fitzpatrick and Alaina Chacon to go along with sophomore Kate Privett were all selected to the Preseason Team. 

FSU is one of only three teams with multiple players on the list, as both LSU and FIU have two. This marks the fourth season in a row the Seminoles had more players on the Preseason Team than any other program in the conference. This also marks a program record with five selected to the all-conference team, the previous high was four.


  1. Dan Densmore Reply

    Go Noles…hopefully all the ladies hit their taper.

    • Jerry Kutz Reply

      For those readers who don’t know what a taper is, would you, other former swimmers or Bill Shults please elaborate?

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