Feb. 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following a third place finish by the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team at the 2014 ACC Championships, the focus will now shift to the men’s swimming competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, running from Feb. 26 – March 1.
“We’ve got a quiet confidence,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “It’s what I like. We can talk about our goals and how fast we can go, but with the men there’s a little bit of machismo that goes with it and it’s fun to watch. We’re excited about it and we’re ready and it’s going to be a great meet.”
The men’s diving team competed last week along with the women’s meet, scoring a total of 169 points and pulling the Seminoles to a second place position heading into Wednesday’s events.
Contributing to that tally was senior Tom Neubacher, who contested in all three event finals, placing eighth in 3-meter (376.20) and seventh in both 1-meter and platform (366.50). His classmate Mikey Lewark earned an eighth place in platform (359.90) after taking ninth in 1-meter (356.15) and 3-meter (355.70), while Dylan Grisell took fourth on platform (416.25) and 21st on 1-meter (312.00). Kalonji Cole earned 17th place points on 3-meter (323.05).
The 17th-ranked Seminoles finished the year with a 4-1, 2-0 dual meet record, good enough for second in the conference behind Virginia Tech. Florida State is one of five ranked teams swimming at the meet.
At the past two ACC Championships, the Seminoles have taken home a pair of Swimmer of the Meet honors, seven ACC records, four relay gold medals and seven individual event wins.
In 2012, Mateo De Angulo was named the MVP of the meet after winning the distance races in dominating fashion before Pavel Sankovich kept the award in Tallahassee after placing first in all three of his events in record-setting style. In his first big meet donned in the Garnet and Gold, Sankovich was a part of 10 records over the course of six races.
Sankovich will be defending his 200 IM, 200 back and 100 back titles, while Paul Murray will go for his second-consecutive gold in the 100 free. The Seminoles are also two-time defending champs in the 200 free relay and are the reigning ACC victors of the 200 medley relay.
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 and will follow that schedule through Saturday.
One change of note in this year’s Championship is the addition of the scoring of all 24 competitors competing in a swimming final. In previous years, only the top 16 competitors received points that counted toward their team’s total.
Live stats can be found on the ACC Championship page. Finals of the event will be streamed live through the same site start at 7 p.m.
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