ATLANTA – Florida State junior Jason Coombs finished 18th in the 100 breast by ways of a swim off on Friday at the 2016 NCAA Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta. “It was an interesting day,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Jason didn’t have the prelim swim he wanted, but was given the opportunity to compete in a swim off and he went faster.
It was a second swim, and he improved and that’s a big positive to take away from today.”
Swimming in heat four, lane three in prelims, Coombs touched in sixth in the heat with a time of 52.80.
Following heat five, Coombs found himself in a three-way tie for 10th heading into the final heat, however all eight swimmers went faster than his prelim time leaving the Oviedo, Fla. native tied for 18th which served as the second alternate for the B final.
Derek Hren of NC State, declared a false start for the swim off, leaving Coombs to square off with George Greenhalgh of Kentucky.
Coombs picked up his pace from his morning swim, going out in a 24.39 and would lead wire-to-wire, touching with a final time of 52.34.
“The swim off was better,” Bradley said. “He made the adjustments he needed to make in order to win, but that event was wide open and that time would have put him in the top heat. It’s another lesson he learned and luckily he’s got a shot tomorrow at the 200. I’m hoping he’ll use today’s performance to fuel him for tomorrow.”
Coombs will close the 2015-16 season by swimming the 200 breast tomorrow in prelims starting at 10 a.m.
After taking Friday to prepare for platform, junior Dylan Grisell will contest in the event on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Prelims will be streamed through Atlantaswimming, while finals will air on ESPN3. Live timing will also be available.
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