TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four members of the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will represent the Seminoles individually at the 2018 NCAA Championships from March 14-17 in Columbus, Ohio at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Individually, Freshmen Madeline Cohen and Elise Olsen will make their debut, while seniors Tayla Lovemore and Natalie Pierce will compete in their second-straight NCAAs.
In addition, freshman Emma Terebo along with seniors Alexi Smith and Ariel Barber will make the trip as relay swimmers. Florida State is eligible to compete in the 200 free relay as well as the 200 and 400 medleys.
Smith will look to contribute in her third NCAAs while Barber attended the meet last season and swam backstroke on both medleys.
“We’ve worked all year for this meet,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We have a great group representing us at NCAAs this year, a mix of seniors and freshmen. Natalie and Tayla are back and eager to accomplish more individually and our relays are going into the meet expecting to battle for points at finals.”
Senior Blaire Mulka along with sophomores Molly Carlson and Ayla Bonniwell will have their chance to qualify at the NCAA Zone B Championships, which will take place from March 5-7 at the University of Tennessee.
Pierce, the 2018 ACC champ heads into NCAAs seeded 11th in the 100 breast with a qualifying time of 59.35. She is also ranked 24th in the 200 breast at 2:09.05, which is an FSU record.
In 2017, Pierce set the school record in the 100 breast at 58.25 at NCAAs, becoming an All-American behind a fourth place finish.
Lovemore earned her second-career bid in the 100 fly after posting a time of 51.68 in prelims of the ACC Championships before finishing third in the race at 51.85. She is seeded 15th and also has the option to swim the 50 free and 200 fly.
In 2017, Lovemore earned an All-American honorable mention in the 100 fly after she set a new school record at NCAAs at 51.60, placing 12th.
Olsen heads to her first NCAA meet in the 100 fly as the 28th-seed after she swam a time of 52.19 at the Georgia Tech Invite for second place. Olsen also won the ‘B’ final of the 100 fly at ACCs, at 52.35. She will also have the option of swimming the 50 and 100 free.
After seeing almost an eight second drop in the 200 back at the Georgia Tech Invite, Cohen set a new school record with a 1:53.51, thus earning her first nod to NCAAs. She will be seeded 35th in the race and also has the option to swim the 100 back.
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