March 19, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team is poised to compete with a school-record setting 11 members at the 2014 NCAA Championships on Thursday. The three-day meet is held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
“We’re excited,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We’ve been developing all year and with this many swimmers and a pair of divers and two alternates, we have a nice sized group going. It’s simple, our goals are to go best times and to perform better than we did at ACC’s.”
Thursday’s events fair well for the Seminoles, starting off with the 200 free relay followed by the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay and 1-meter diving.
Individually, Madison Jacobi will look to qualify for her first national final as she is seeded 11th in the 500 free prelims. As the ACC bronze medalist, Jacobi broke her own school record in the 500 free at the meet with a new career best of 4:37.77, setting her up for her second-career NCAA Championships.
McKayla Lightbourn qualified to swim at her first NCAA’s in prelims of the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.11 at the ACC Championships.
Florida State will contest two athletes in the 50 free with Tiffany Oliver and Kaitlyn Dressel. The two-time defending ACC Champion Oliver is seeded 11th and is looking to improve upon her 10th place finish from the 2013 meet. Dressel is seeded 26th.
In addition to the sprint events, the Seminoles are equipped with a pair of contending divers. Both Ariel Rittenhouse and Katina Young will start their meet by contesting in the 1-meter springboard event.
“I’m both excited and confident,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Both ladies have a lot of momentum going into this meet and they qualified (for NCAA’s) by posting some of the top scores in the country from one of the toughest zones. They just have to settle down and do what they know how to do.”
Prelims will start on Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT) and the top-16 in each event will advance to finals which begin at 7 p.m. (CT).
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