ATHENS, Ga. – Sophomore Chelsea Britt picked up a win in the 100 fly swimming a career best time of 51.80, lowering her school record as the Florida State swimming and diving teams competed in the second day of the Georgia Invite.
“We had a better day today,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “I thought we had some kids step up and swim better than they did a few weeks ago. We still have a ways to go, but we had a good day. Chelsea was as good as she’s ever been today and it’s encouraging to see her improving.”
Before her individual win, Britt helped the 200 medley relay to an NCAA automatic time of 1:37.57, placing third with a team of Bianca Spinazzola, Natalie Pierce, Britt and Kaityln Dressel.
“Great for that relay to get an ‘A’ cut,” Bradley said. “It will take the pressure off later in the season and we can focus on improving and building off that race. Great to see that.”
The Seminoles placed two swimmers in the top heat of the 100 breast, with Sami Pochowski placing fourth with a season best swim of 1:01.02 and Pierce placed eighth with a 1:02.20.
Spinazzola placed eighth in the 100 back, finishing with a time of 53.21. Britt competed in the ‘B’ final, winning that head with a career best of 52.68.
The men’s team started off the night with a fifth place showing in the 200 medley relay. The team of Josh Friedel, Jason Coombs, Connor Knight and Jason McCormick, who touched with a 1:27.66.
In the 100 fly, Cadell Lyons and Knight competed in the top flight with Lyons placing second with a time of 46.54, edging out Knight who was fourth with a 46.91.
“Cadell had a nice 100 fly at the Georgia Tech Invite too,” Bradley said. “It’s good to see him emerging and doing well in that race.”
Florida State following that effort by placing two more athletes in the top heat with Anthony Lyons finishing sixth with a season best of 1:37.61, touching ahead of Kevin Rogers, who was eighth at 1:37.89. Jemal LeGrand also picked up 12th place points with time of 1:38.45.
Coombs represented FSU in the top heat and was fifth in the 100 breast with a time of 53.50. McCormick placed 11th with a time of 55.64 ahead of Storm Hewitt, who was 13th (55.99) and Marc Rojas in 15th (57.08).
“We’ve got one more session to the 2014 portion of the year,” Bradley said. “I’d like us to reload and be aggressive.”
Prelims for Sunday will begin at 9:30 and finals will follow at 3 p.m. Live stats can be followed online and at meet mobile.
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