February 18, 2014 - by
ACC Championships Set to Begin

Feb. 18, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams are set for the first week of the ACC Championships, which begin on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The women’s swimming and diving teams along with the men’s diving squads will compete in the first week (Feb. 19-22), while the men’s swimming portion will run from Feb. 26-March 1.

“This is what they’ve been working for,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “This is going to biggest test, top to bottom. I think we’ve gelled well and we’re ready to go.”

The women’s team finished the year with a 7-2, 3-0 dual meet record and good enough for second place in the conference behind Virginia.

Wednesday’s session will begin at 6 p.m. with the 200 medley relay and will conclude with the 800 free relay at 7 p.m. Thursday’s events will start with a prelim-final format as athletes will contest individually in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter (women) and 3-meter (men) diving in addition to the 200 free relay.

Seniors Tiffany Oliver and Ariel Rittenhouse have individual titles to defend from the 2013 meet as Oliver won the 50 and 100 free races. Rittenhouse took the crown on the 3-meter board.

Oliver is the top sprinter in the ACC, holding the top times in the 50 (22.44) and 100 free (48.81).

The Seminoles are predicted to finish in the middle of the nine-team field and Virginia is expected to win its seventh-straight team crown. Florida State finished fourth at the 2013 meet and has placed in the top three 11 time since joining the league in 1992, highlighted by its only ACC title in 2006.

“There are some strong teams in our conference,” Bradley said. “But this is a championship meet and anything could happen.”

In addition to women’s swimming, the diving portion of the championship will take place and the Seminoles are expecting to heavily contribute to the team total on both squads.

Along with Rittenhouse, senior Kelsey Goodman and redshirt junior Katrina Young will be contenders in their specialties as Goodman grabbed bronze on the 3-meter distance in 2012, while Young was the winner in 2012 on platform. Both Goodman and Young earned multiple ACC Diver of the Week honors this season.

“I think we’re really prepared,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “We’ve got a lot of talent and I am really excited to see what happens. The ACC in general has a lot of talent and the competition is interesting. The top three at our conference meet might even be the top three at NCAA’s. We do well with our depth and we’ve done it in the past and we’re going to try and do that again this year.”

Senior Tom Neubacher will lead the men’s team as the Windermere, Fla. native has contested in 9-of-9 conference finals in his career. Neubacher was also a two-time ACC Diver of the Week selection.

Live scoring can be found throughout the meet by visiting the championship page at theacc.com or the meet mobile app. Thursday through Saturday’s finals sessions will be streamed live. For more information check to Facebook and Twitter.

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