ATHENS, Ga. – Sophomore Chelsea Britt continued her impressive performance at the Georgia Invite by winning the 200 fly with an NCAA ‘A’ standard of 1:53.68 on the final night of competition.
“Chelsea was outstanding this weekend,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “In addition to that medley, now we have Chelsea set for NCAA’s. As we shift our sights to the turn of the year we’ll look to qualify more ladies but I think our women’s team is going to shape up to have a great finish to the season.”
Britt lowered her school record en route to swimming the second fastest time in the country this season. She, along with the 400 medley relay team will race at the 2015 NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C. from March 19-21.
The Seminoles scored points in the 100 free with Kaitlyn Dressel and Alexi Smith with Dressel placing 14th with a time of 49.35 while Smith followed in 15th with a career best time of 49.61.
In the 200 breast, Natalie Pierce put up a best time of 2:14.98 for 11th, while Caroline Neil was 14th at 2:16.40.
The Seminoles closed the meet with a sixth place finish with the team of Dressel, Smith, Sami Pochowski and Britt, who touched with a time of 3:17.85 in the 400 free relay.
For the men’s team, Josh Friedel earned seventh place points in the 200 back with a final time of 1:44.00 while Kevin Rogers added an 11th place showing from the ‘b’ final with a 1:45.33.
“I thought we had some great improvements from top to bottom in this event,” Bradley said. “Josh had one of his best swims tonight.”
Cadell Lyons won the ‘B’ final of the 100 free with a time of 44.13, while Jason McCormick finished in 12th at 44.49.
“Cadell is really coming on strong,” Bradley said. “He’s one of those guys that could emerge for us in the post season.”
Sophomore Jason Coombs competed in the top heat of the 200 breast, earning sixth with a time of 1:56.77. In the ‘B’ final, Storm Hewitt finished 10th (2:00.61) while Marc Rojas was 11th (2:01.38).
Connor Knight earned third place in the 200 fly with a season best time of 1:43.03. It was the sixth best time in the country this season. Cole Hensley added 12th place points by finishing with a 1:45.76.
The Seminoles capped off the night by placing sixth in the 400 free relay with the team of Lyons, Coombs, McCormick and Rogers, turning in a time of 2:57.22.
“I thought all the way around the board our morning session was one of the best outings we’ve had all year. I was impressed with their efforts and how they came out but we still have a way to go for the postseason. I’m liking where we are right now, but it’s back to training for a few weeks.”
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