Florida State’s Joshua Davidson, Virginia Trio Win ACC Weekly Awards

Photo Courtesy: Sarah D. Davis/theACC.com

Florida State’s Joshua Davidson picked up ACC Diver of the Week honors after his efforts against Alabama, Miami and Incarnate Word. Virginia’s Sydney Dusel won the same award on the women’s side for the Cavaliers, while her teammates Zach Fong and Morgan Hill were named ACC Swimmers of the Week:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-  Senior Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.), junior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) and junior Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) were named ACC Performers of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday (Jan. 14). The Cavalier athletes led the No. 16 Virginia men’s swimming and diving team and No. 11 women’s swimming and diving team to victory over the weekend as both programs swept Tennessee (Jan. 11) and Virginia Tech (Jan. 12) in dual meets.

Fong set a school and Aquatic and Fitness Center record in Saturday’s meet against Virginia Tech, swimming a time of 45.53 in the 100-yard butterfly. His time in the event ranks fourth nationally and second among ACC swimmers. Over the course of the weekend, he captured four individual first-place finishes, including his win in the 100-yard butterfly against Virginia Tech. Fong placed first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.47) and 100-yard butterfly (47.59) against No. 11 Tennessee before pacing the 200-yard butterfly (1:45.55) against the Hokies. Fong also aided the men’s 200-yard medley relay to a victory against both the Volunteers (1:27.76) and Hokies (1:27.43).

Hill was a member of two Aquatic and Fitness Center record setting relay teams, helping the 200-yard medley relay (1:38.22) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.13) to a first-place finish against No. 5 Tennessee while setting the pool standard. Individually she recorded four first-place finishes, pacing the 50-yard freestyle (22.47) and 100-yard freestyle (48.55) against the Volunteers, while winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.98) and 100-yard butterfly (53.18) against the Hokies. Hill concluded her weekend with a win in both the 200-yard medley relay (1:38.83) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:21.38) against Virginia Tech.

Dusel went undefeated on the boards over the weekend. She set a pool record on Friday with a score of 357.15 on the 3m board, before topping the record on Saturday, tying teammate Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) with a score of 367.50. On the 1m board, Dusel recorded a score of 319.73 and 315.45 against Tennessee and Virginia Tech, respectively, pacing both events.

Virginia will return to action in two weeks, competing on the road against North Carolina (Jan. 25) and NC State (Jan. 26).

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Florida State sophomore Joshua Davidson was selected as the ACC Male Diver of the Week on Monday following his performances last week.

Davidson produced two dominating victories on 1-meter, winning both events by a combined total of 70.60 points.

“Josh just keeps getting better,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “He’s worked very hard this year and I’m excited to see him perform during the championship part of the season.”

After finishing third on 3-meter on Thursday against Incarnate Word, Davidson bounced back on 1-meter, winning by a score of 346.45 while competing in temperatures in the 40’s.

Following Thursday’s meet, the divers traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to compete against No. 18 Alabama and Miami on Friday.

Davidson won 1-meter by a total of 360.65 in a field that featured multiple All-Americans. The Tomball, Texas native also took fifth on 3-meter with a score of 334.95.

This is the first ACC Diver of the Week honor this season for Davidson and third of his career.

The Seminoles will host their final meet of the season on Jan. 26 by welcoming FAU at the Morcom Aquatics Center at 10 a.m.

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