Oct. 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State swimming and diving teams picked up a pair of ACC wins on Friday night over NC State and Georgia Tech at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
With both wins the 10th-ranked men’s team moves to 3-0 (2-0 ACC) on the year, after defeating Georgia Tech 213-65 and No.24 NC State 162-136.
“It was truly an old fashion grudge match between a couple of teams,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We had to ride a few waves tonight which is something we haven’t been able to do, but overall a couple of great wins and we had some great swims throughout the meet, but they had to fight. They needed a meet like that tonight.”
Sankovich added the first individual victory of the meet with the 100 back, cruising to a win with a time of 48.43.
The Seminoles grabbed the bulk of the points in the 100 breast coming in second, third and fourth. Both Jared Pike (55.89) and Richie Hildebrand (55.94) turned in season top times, coming in second and third respectively. Coombs followed in fourth with a time of 56.49.
FSU added a pair of wins in the next two events with Knight taking the 200 fly with a season best mark of 1:46.82 just before Murray won the 50 free with a time of 20.16.
Following the break, Josh Friedel held on to win the 200 back with a time of 1:48.38.
Sankovich and Knight delivered a much needed one-two punch in the 100 fly in order to help put away the Wolfpack. Sankovich won the race with a time of 47.76, just ahead of Knight who touched with a 47.85.
“What was neat about the guys was that they spread it out,” Bradley said. “There wasn’t any one guy that dominated anything. It was a men’s team effort.”
The Seminoles were an absolute force on both boards, contributing 30 points between two events.
Freshman Dominic Giordano had a break out day by winning both 1-meter (328.60) and 3-meter (363.15).
In 1-meter, Mikey Lewark was second with a score of 323.85, freshman Dylan Grisell was third at 314.35 edging out senior Tom Neubacher who was fourth with a mart of 313.30.
The rookies took the lead on 3-meter with Giordano in front, Grisell in second (342.90) and Dustin Miller was third with a 329.45. Lewark was fourth (327.70) and Neubacher was fifth (310.85).
“The freshmen were amazing,” head diving coach Pat Jeffrey said. “Obviously, our upperclassmen are very consistent, but I was very proud of those kids for stepping up. We’ve got a lot of new life on the team and I’m really excited because we’ve got quite the squad.”
“Thank God for diving tonight,” Bradley said. “Those guys and girls were solid and consistent for us.”
The FSU women move to 5-1 (2-0 ACC) on the year after defeating Georgia Tech 239-61 and topping NC State 157-143.
After NC State started off the meet by taking first and second in the 200 medley relay, the Seminoles fought back with a one-two punch of their own in the 1000 free.
Sophomore Madison Jacobi continued her progress in the distances races as she first turned in a time of 9:51.65 en route to winning the 1000 free. Her classmate Lauren Hine followed in second with a season-best time of 10:08.79.
Jacobi’s mark was slightly off the school record, which was set in 2010 by Marissa Harrington at 9:50.77.
Senior Julia Henkel followed that race with a victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.46.
After surrendering a sweep to NC State in the 100 back, Pochowski came through with a win for the in the 100 breast, swimming a season best time of 1:02.22.
The Seminoles pulled away from Georgia Tech and NC State thanks to four-consecutive one-two punches.
“The girls locked in,” Bradley said. “It was quiet in a way, but they started off flat on the relays and picked it up in the 1000 (free) and it was back and forth as we went on. I’m happy with the way they toughed it out, we just need to learn how to close out tight races a little better.”
Henkel picked up her second win on the day in the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.17. Chelsie Britt followed in second with a season best time of 2:03.77.
Oliver and Dressel rolled with their good vibes and repeated their one-two tandem in the 100 free. Oliver swam a 50.16 outlasting Dressel, who swam a 50.17.
Pochowski contributed her second win on the night, touching with a time of 2:18.66 in the 200 breast. Jaccobi added her second win as well, taking the 500 free with a mark of 4:53.79.
Henkel finished the night with a third victory, winning the 400 IM with a time of 4:20.32.
“Julia does a great job,” Bradley said. “She works hard, always come to practice with a smile on her face and a sense of humor and she puts that in her race. She’s been a great leader and it was a nice way for her to swim her senior night.”
Senior Kelsey Goodman and Ariel Rittenhouse took care of the competition in 1-meter diving as the added first and second places in the event. Goodman tallied 299.05 points, while Rittenhouse racked a total of 287.90.
Katrina Young was the winner for 3-meter, scoring 336.50 ahead of Goodman in second (309.45) and Rittenhouse who was third (285.10).
“The ladies were solid and tough,” Jeffrey said. “Kelsey is always right up in there and Ariel is coming off her injury and she’s starting to look like herself again and I’m proud of her. She’s a real trooper. Katrina is really starting to come on as a springboard diver. She had the dive of the night, just crushed it. Her skills are really coming along on springboard and she really enjoys competing.”
Florida State finished dual meets for the fall as the next meet is the Auburn Invitational slated for Nov. 22-24. For more information check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter.