Sept. 29, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla.- The men’s and women’s Florida State swimming teams placed second at the Pinch A Penny All-Florida Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida at the O’Connell Center. Both the men and women finished the three-day meet behind Florida.
“Tonight was a really good night,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We just let them respond after they were a little flat this morning and it was addressed. We needed to be aggressive on the last day and do a few things little different. Our guys and girls just needed to be more aware of what their bodies needed and I think we did a better job of that tonight, but it was a great way to finish the meet.”
The women’s team added two individual victories on the final night as Madison Jacobi started the session off with a win in the 1650 free, while Kaitlyn Dressel picked up her second first place of the meet with a win in the 100 free.
Jacobi turned in a time of 16:26.71, a mark that is just five seconds shy of her career best time.
“It was a really solid swim,” Bradley said. “For this point in the season, we’re only a couple of weeks in and it was an encouraging swim. She got into a rhythm and just swam her race. There was no specific tactic, she just got into a grove. It was a really solid performance.”
In the men’s mile, Jack Deedrick turned in a time of 15:51.66 for fourth place. Derek Pridemore was eighth with a mark of 16:04.77 while Dylan Marsolek finished 10th at 16:18.33, just ahead of Lucas Akker who was 11th with a time of 16:19.13
McKayla Lightbourn and Ashley Hicks were fifth and sixth respectively in the 200 back, turning in marks of 2:03.77 and 2:03.82. Jacboi came back and swam a 2:07.80 for eighth place, however she posted a 2:03.96 in prelims.
In the 100 free, Dressel was first with a time of 49.50 after swimming a 49.91 in prelims. Tiffany Oliver was third with a time of 50.61 while Sami Pochowski was seventh at 52.33.
“Kaitlyn and Madison have been consistent,” Bradley said. “They have been training well and Kaitlyn has been working on different things such as being more aggressive, trusting her speed and trusting the training. In all three races, she was flooring it and you have to be out there at the 75 (yard mark) or it could be tough to get back and that was the focus for her. It was really good and a great jump forward.”
Jemal LeGrand led the way in the 100 free for the men, placing third with a time of 45.22. Paul Murray followed in fourth at 45.49 while Connor Knight was sixth with a mark of 45.96 and Jason Coombs placed seventh with a 46.16.
The Seminoles took fifth through eighth in the men’s 200 breast, with Juan Sequera leading the way with a 2:04.55. Jared Pike took sixth with a 2:06.20 while Jason Coombs followed in seventh at 2:06.88. Richie Hildebrand round out the field in eighth at 2:09.97 after posting a 2:06.11 in prelims.
With little rest, Henkel swam her second event on the night, placing second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.47. Mary Elizabeth King placed seventh with a time of 2:07.92 while Caroline Neil was eighth at 2:09.20.
Knight was second in the men’s 200 fly, swimming a time of 1:48.56. Three other Seminoles followed in the final heat as Cole Hensley placed fifth with a 1:51.76. Mike Thomas was sixth at 1:53.09 and Max Mitchell was seventh with a time of 1:54.23.
The women concluded the weekend with a second place showing in the 400 free relay. Dressel swam her third 100 free under the 50-second barrier of the day, leading off with a time of 49.99. Oliver, Lydia Ware and Pochowski followed, turning in a total time of 3:22.57.
In the final race of the meet, the men were second and third. The team of Murray, Legrand, Knight and Coombs turned in a time of 3:01.61 while Jason McCormick, Sankovich, Jake Kingsford, and Kevin Rogers followed closely behind, posting a 3:03.23.
“After this meet I think our team is in a good spot,” Bradley said. “We saw the confidence both individually and as a team skyrocket and that’s where we need to be. It was a great weekend.”
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