ATLANTA – Sophomore Chelsea Britt picked up a win in the 100 fly on the second night of the Georgia Tech Invite with an NCAA ‘B’ standard of 52.39, just four-one hundredths shy of her FSU record.
“The women’s team is have a great meet,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Chelsea has had some great swims so far. She had a great 100 and a nice medley relay split tonight and I hope she continues that through tomorrow.”
Britt helped the 200 medley relay to a second place finish with a 23.62 split in the fly leg. Junior Bianca Spinazzola, freshman Natalie Pierce and senior Kaitlyn Dressel put up a time of 1:38.36, finishing behind Florida.
Spinazzola also swam in the top heat of the 100 fly along with Britt, placing seventh with a time of 54.50.
Dressel took third in the 200 free with a season best time of 1:47.13 (NCAA B). Junior Sami Pochowski continued to show improvement in the race, swimming a time of 1:45.54 for a fifth place tie.
With little rest, Pochowski turned around and placed second with another season top time in the 100 breast of 1:01.53. Pierce finished fifth with a 1:02.14. Both swims were NCAA ‘B” times.
In her second individual event of the session, Spinazzola placed third in the 100 back with a final time of 53.88 (NCAA B).
Redshirt senior Katrina Young grabbed second place on 1-meter, finishing with a final score of 312.45.
“All these ladies continue to step up and race,” Bradley said. “They’re swimming season best times and diving well for this time of the year. We have room for improvement, but I like where we’re heading.”
The men’s team started with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay with the team of senior Kevin Rogers, sophomore Jason Coombs, senior Connor Knight and sophomore Jason McCormick, posting a time of 1:28.60.
Junior Kyle Doxtater led the Seminoles in the 400 IM and placed ninth with a time of 3:58.50.
In the 100 fly, senior Cadell Lyons put up a career best time placing third with a NCAA ‘B’ standard of 47.26, finishing just ahead of Knight, who touched in sixth with a 47.51 (NCAA B). Junior Cole Hensley was eighth with a time of 48.23 (NCAA B).
Rogers posted a 10th place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.57 after swimming a 1:39.45 in prelims.
Coombs was second in the 100 breast with a time of 54.40 (NCAA B) after posting a season best of 54.08 in the morning. Freshman Storm Hewitt finished 10th with a time of 56.98.
Lyons swam his second race of the session and placed fifth in the 100 back with a time of 49.32 while senior Harrison Brogden was ninth at 50.90.
“Cadell had a great session,” Bradley said. “He swam those back-to-back races very well tonight.”
In diving, the Seminoles had three competing in finals with sophomore Dustin Miller leading the way in fourth with a score of 363.15. Sophomore Dylan Grisell followed in fifth with a tally of 359.05 while junior Kalonji Cole was ninth at 333.20.
“For the guys we had some great swims,” Bradley said. “We still need to shift some things around from here on out but we still had positives to take away from tonight. We’ll get our rest tonight and get ready to finish the meet.”
Both teams sit in third as the women have tallied 491.5 behind Florida (878) and Arkansas (576.5). The men have tallied 586 points, behind Florida (1,225) and Georgia Tech (666).
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