GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams competed in the first day of the Pinch-A-Penny All-Florida Invitational to open the 2014-15 season. The event is hosted by the University of Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
“We are a young team,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We have a lot to learn but I think we’re off to a good start. I am interested to see how we regroup for tomorrow.”
The women’s team sits in fourth place with 197 points, behind Florida, California and Florida Gulf Coast.
Junior Josie Cuda opened her year with a sixth place finish in the 500 free with a final time of 5:00.46.
A pair of Seminoles contested in the top heat of the 200 IM as sophomore Chelsea Britt placed fifth with a time of 2:05.47 just ahead of sophomore Sami Pochowski, who was sixth with a mark of 2:07.62.
Senior sprinter Kaitlyn Dressel grabbed the bronze in a competitive 50 free final heat, touching with a final time of 23.12 after putting up a 22.94 in prelims. Freshman Alexi smith touched in seventh place with a time of 23.52.
“I thought Kaitlyn had a great swim in prelims,” Bradley said. “She know she has to step up and be a leader of that group and I am really pleased with how she swam.”
The Seminoles placed fourth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:33.14 to start the session and finished with a third place showing in the 400 medley relay (3:43.26).
The men’s team sits in second place behind Florida, with a total of 277.
In the 500 free, senior Kevin Rogers turned in the top FSU time with a mark of 4:54.58, placing fourth. Freshman Calvin Bryant followed in fifth with a time of 4:34.78 and freshman Anthony Lyons grabbed sixth (4:39.56).
Senior Connor Knight placed fourth in the 200 IM with a final time of 1:53.26, placing ahead of sophomore Jason Coombs who was fifth at 1:54.38. Freshman Connor Kalisz followed in sixth with a time of 1:55.30.
Sophomore Jason McCormick led the Seminoles in the 50 free, posting a time of 20.68.
Knight turned around after the IM and placed sixth in the 50 free with a 21.09, just ahead of senior Cadell Lyons, who was seventh with a 21.12.
“Connor (Knight) had a busy day and I thought he handled it very well,” Bradley said. “He’s starting to show that he’s more than just a flyer, however I am anxious to see how he competes the rest of the weekend.”
The Seminoles grabbed silver in the 200 free with a time of 1:21.89 before closing out the session with a third place finish in the 400 medley with a mark of 3:21.27.
Saturday’s prelims begin at 9 a.m. with finals following at 4 p.m. For more information on FSU swimming and diving check Facebook and Twitter.