Feb. 21, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 22 ranked Florida State women’s swimming and diving team continued to rewrite history on day two of the 2013 ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
The Seminoles added four school records, crowned two individual champions, made an NCAA `A’cut time, all while jumping into second place in the team standings.
“We’re excited,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We’re on and we feel good. We’re in a good place right now and we’ve got to use this momentum and ride the wave.”
Senior Ariel Rittenhouse produced the first championship of the meet for the Seminoles. Rittenhouse nailed her last two dives in order to pass the leaders for the win.
“I am so proud of her,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “This win is the culmination of the work she’s put in. She’s getting her confidence back and it shows when she competes. This gold marks her comeback.”
Rittenhouse won her first ACC gold with a score of 369.55 setting a new school record, taking down the old mark set in 2011 of 365.65 by Lisi Rowland.
“It was such an honor to represent FSU tonight,” Rittenhouse said. “The whole competition has been fun for us and it was great to have my teammates cheering for me. I’m so excited for tomorrow and the rest of the meet with my Noles.”
Taking the title in the 50 free was junior Tiffany Oliver with a time of 22.17, lowering her own school record.
“She knew she had that `A’ cut in the relay and the pressure was off,” Harper said. “She just got up and raced for herself and for the team. She was fourth at the turn but dug in and had great technique coming back. It was a great event for us and the team.”
This ACC gold is the first of Oliver’s career.
“Finally the hard work and sacrifice has paid off,” Oliver said. “I am so grateful for this and being able to swim and represent the Garnet and Gold this way.”
With Rittenhouse and Oliver’s gold medals, it marks the first time since 2006 that the Seminoles produced multiple champions on the same day at the ACC meet.
Starting the session, four ladies punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships after swimming and automatic time in the 200 free relay of 1:29.76.
Oliver led off the race, splitting a 22.21 and sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel followed with a 22.01. Sophomore Katie Cook posted a 22.77 in the third leg of the race before her classmate Haley Powell turned in the exact same split as the anchor touching in second place with a new FSU record.
“Tiffany had fun in that relay,” Harper said. “She dove in and then watched the rest of the relay swim their best times after her. That race set the tone for the rest of the evening and an `A’ cut is truly an amazing feat for these ladies.”
With the Seminoles climbing in the standings, freshman Madison Jacobi dropped a near three seconds from her prelim swim in the 500 free. She touched in fourth place just off the podium with time of 4:41.85. That mark was her career best time by six seconds and another new Florida State record.
“She’s been battling an injury,” Harper said. “She had faith and was positive every day during training. The one thing for her is that she loves to race and you can put her next to anyone she’ll go after it. It was good that she was in that `A’ final and she had some great swimmers around her and knocked them off one at a time. That was an amazing feat for her to drop that much time. It was a great race.”
Jacobi takes down Charlotte Broadbent’s mark of 4:42.92 set in 2010.
In the consolation heat of the event, junior Julia Henkel turned in her career best time in the event, placing 10th with a 4:47.81.
The Seminoles had a pair of swimmers in the `A’ final of the 200 IM. Sophomore Laura Flewelling touched in seventh with a final time of 2:00.04 after swimming a career best in prelims at 1:59.65. Senior Jamie Barrett took eighth in her third-career ACC Championship final with a time of 2:00.42. Barrett also posted her best time in prelims at 2:00.16.
Adding points to Oliver’s victory, Dressel placed 10th in the 50 free with a 22.71.
Junior Kelsey Goodman also scored points in 3-meter diving by taking 11th with a score of 280.00.
Florida State moved to second place in the team standings with 177 points. The Seminoles trail Virginia (309) and are ahead of Virginia Tech and NC State who both have 166 points.
After squeezing into the finals of the men’s 1-meter diving, junior Tom Neubacher grabbed his second career bronze medal in the event by scoring a 388.50. Junior Mikey Lewark placed 11th with a 313.75, while senior Nick Klein took 13th at 304.20.
“Tom is really tough in competition,” Jeffrey said. “In prelims he got lost in one of his dives and he was able to bounce back and fight for it. He really went after it in finals in order to get on the podium. It was fun to watch.”
Tomorrow’s prelims will begin with the 400 IM at 11 a.m. The 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back will follow. The 400 medley relay will start off finals at 7 p.m. The women will compete on 1-meter while the men will dive on 3-meter.
Live stats will run for both prelims and finals, while finals will be live streamed. For more information throughout the Championships, check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
200 Medley Relay – Disqualified
800 Free Relay – Second, 7:08.84 – New FSU Record
Thursday, Feb. 21
200 Free Relay – Second 1:29.76 – New FSU Record
500 Free- Jacobi fourth – 4:41.85 New FSU Record(4:44.84p), Henkel – 11th 4:47.81 (4:48.35p), Harrington – 18th 4:53.32 (4:57.53), Cuda – 22nd 4:56.65 (4:55.35), Pepper- 4:55.60
200 IM – Flewelling – Seventh 2:00.04(1:59.65p), Barrett – Eighth- 2:00.42 (2:00.16p), Polley – 11th 2:01.25 (2:02.82p), Buckley: 2:01.33 (2:01.77), Pochowski (2:04. P)
50 Free – Oliver- First 22.17 – New FSU Record (22.22p), Dressel – 10th 22.71 (22.71p), Cook – 20th 23.27 (23.17p), Powell – 23rd 23.42 (23.37p), Hicks – 31st 23.60, Wilson -32nd- 23.62.
3-meter diving (women) – Rittenhouse – First 369.55 New FSU Record, Goodman- 11th, 280.00
1-meter diving (men) – Neubacher – Third 388.50, Lewark- 11th 313.75, Klein -13th 304.20, Cole -207.60
Friday, Feb. 22
400 Medley Relay
1-meter diving (men)
3-meter diving (women)
Saturday, Feb. 23
400 Free Relay
Live Stats can be found here: http://theacc.co/13WSDlivestats (All Sessions)
Live Streaming can be found here: http://theacc.co/watchACC-SDchamp (Feb. 21-23, 7-9 p.m.)