Feb. 21, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team continued to perform well at the 2014 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. On the third day of the four-day competition, the Seminoles are in a solid third place with a total score of 706.5 behind Virginia (946.5) and North Carolina (767), while holding the edge on North Carolina State (659).
“It was another solid night tonight,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We got after it this morning and we put ourselves in a good position to move up in finals, but we’ve been spot on all meet. We’re going to see what we have left in the tank for the last day and hopefully we can finish the meet well.”
Florida State opened up the session with another FSU record-setting performance as the team of McKayla Lightbourn, Sami Pochowski, Chelsea Britt and Kaitlyn Dressel posted a 3:35.61 en route to a fourth place finish in the 400 medley relay.
“It was another good relay,” Bradley said. “That was a solid swim for us and it was great to get the evening rolling on the right foot.”
Senior Julia Henkel held her place in finals, taking sixth in the 400 IM with a final time of 4:13.98.
In the championship final of the 100 fly, Britt took an entire second off her prelim swim and set a new FSU record with a time of 52.35, taking silver in the race. Britt takes down a mark that was set in 2008 by Lauren Sparg at 52.81.
“That was a breakthrough swim for Chelsea,” Bradley said. “She had a solid leg in the medley to start off the night and she came back and had a great race. She’s a rookie and she’s only going to get better from here.”
Sophomore Bianca Spinazzola finished 10th in the event, posting a career best time of 53.75 in both prelims and finals.
In the 200 free, Dressel placed eighth with a final time of 1:47.98, while Madison Jacobi finished 10th in the consolation heat with a career best of 1:46.57 and senior Tiffany Oliver was tied for 12th with a mark of 1:47.00. Oliver also swam a personal top time of 1:46.86 in prelims.
The Seminoles qualified a pair of swimmers for the consolation final of the 100 breast, where Pochowski placed 11th with a time of 1:01.36 while sophomore Morgan Stephenson was 14th with a final time of 1:01.76 – a career best. Freshman Caroline Neil posted her career best at 1:03.78 in her hometown pool, placing 23rd.
The 100 back proved to be one of the better swimming events for the Seminoles on the night as they placed three in the championship heat. Spinazzola capped of her meet with a fifth place finish, touching with a time of 53.37. In her third race of the night, Britt was seventh with a time of 53.54 and Lightbourn was eighth at 53.59.
In prelims, Lightbourn swam her career best and took her FSU record back from Spinazzola, setting a new standard of 53.32.
FSU qualified three divers for the championship final in the women’s 3-meter. Redshirt junior Katrina Young led the way for the Noles placing third with a personal best score of 352.95 while senior Ariel Rittenhouse took sixth with a total of 335.70 and senior Kelsey Goodman was eighth, tallying 334.80.
Young will dive platform tomorrow, while Rittenhouse and Goodman have finished their ACC meet.
“I am so proud of those ladies,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “They did such a nice job competing and for Kelsey and Ariel to have a great final ACC meet was really something. I am very excited to see what they can do at NCAA zones next month.”
In men’s 1-meter, senior Tom Neubacher placed seventh with a score of 380.10 after turning in a career best in prelims of 401.20.
“Tom is such a competitor,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “In finals, he slipped a little coming off the board and in result his dive wasn’t as good as what it could have been, but that’s competition and I’m proud of him for staying in there and battling.”
Senior Mikey Lewark was ninth, scoring his personal best of 355.15 and freshman Dylan Grisell placed 21st with a score of 312.00.
During this meet, Florida State has set 10 new school records out of a possible 22-event format. Saturday’s prelims begin at 11 a.m. and will contain the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly, while the 1650 free will have its separate session. Both men’s and women’s diving will contest on platform.
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