TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams will compete in the first of five dual meets this season on Saturday, facing NC State and Georgia Tech in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
“It’s a big meet off the bat,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Both Georgia Tech and NC State are great teams. We’re a young team, but we’re still capable of doing great things. I’m anxious to see how we perform this weekend.”
The tri-meet between the Seminoles, Wolfpack and Yellow Jackets has occurred annually since the 2011-12 season. Since the start of the series, the women’s team is 6-0 against both teams while the men are 5-1, dropping a contest to NC State in Atlanta in the first meeting.
“This has become a yearly meet,” Bradley said. “The competition is always great. It’s fast and it’s a great opportunity to race and on top of the fact that it’s an ACC meet. We don’t compete in many dual meets that carry that load. It should be a great meet.”
Florida State has competed in the All-Florida Invite to start the season earlier in October where the Seminoles placed fourth (W) and second (M) over the course of the three-day meet.
Senior Kaitlyn Dressel was awarded the ACC Swimmer of the Week following the meet for performance in the sprint races where she grabbed silver in the 100 free (49.20) after taking bronze in both the 50 (23.12) and 200 (1:50.04) free. She led all five Seminole relays including the winning 400 free relay with a team of Dressel, Alexi Smith, Sami Pochowski and Brenna Ruth. Dressel also anchored the 200 medley relay that grabbed gold with the team of Bianca Spinazzola, Natalie Pierce and Chelsea Britt.
Senior Connor Knight led the Seminoles on the men’s side, picking up gold in the 200 fly with a time of 1:46.90 after winning bronze in the 100 with a 48.58. Knight swam 13 races on the weekend and competed in every ‘A’ final in his individual races.
“Kailyn and Connor were great during that meet,” Bradley said. “They set a great example for the rest of the team and hopefully they can carry that into this weekend.”
The meet will contain 16 events that include 1-meter and 3-meter diving. The teams will compete in the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Live stats and live video can be found at ramblingwreck.com. Results can also be found on the meet mobile app.
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