October 7, 2014 - by
Dressel Wins ACC Honor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Senior sprinter Kaitlyn Dressel was named the ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week following the All-Florida Invitational on Tuesday by the league office.

“Kaitlyn had a great weekend of racing,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “She understands that she’s one of the leaders of the sprint group and she’s really stepped into that role this weekend. Our team has a lot to learn and she set a great example. I know she will continue working hard and swimming fast this season.”

As one of the leaders of the women’s team, Dressel competed in 13 races over the weekend, contesting in the top heat in every individual event she swam.

Dressel started off with a third place finish in the 50 free with a final time of 23.12 after posting a NCAA B standard of 22.94 in prelims. On the second day of the meet, Dressel took bronze once again this time in the 200 free, swimming a mark of 1:50.04. The Green Cove Springs, Fla. native competed in her second final of the night in the 100 breast, recording a time of 1:05.37.

On the final day of the event, Dressel grabbed silver behind Florida’s Natalie Hinds and ahead of Cal’s Missy Franklin, touching with a time of 49.20,which is an NCAA ‘B’ standard.

Dressel was a member of each of the five top relays for the Noles, leading the 200 medley and 400 free squads to victory.

The team of Bianca Spinazzola, Natalie Pierce, Chelsea Britt and Dressel put up a 1:40.91 in the medley to start the second night of action. Dressel anchored with a 22.17.

Closing out the meet, Dressel led off with a 49.66 split giving the team of Alexi Smith, Sami Pochowski and Breanna Ruth a chance for the victory. The Noles touched with a final time of 3:21.51 holding off California’s top team.

“Kaitlyn has never been that fast during the regular season since she’s been here,” Bradley said. “She stepped up and I’m really encouraged. She’s an awesome person, and I am anxious to see how she builds of this for the season.”

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