ATLANTA – The Florida State swimming and diving teams picked up two wins on the first day of the Georgia Tech Invite. Redshirt senior Katrina Yong won 3-meter diving before the women’s 400 medley relay closed out the session with a victory.
A U.S. national team member, Young put up a score of 327.50, ten points ahead of the second place finisher.
Following, Young’s win, the team of junior Bianca Spinazzola, freshman Natalie Pierce, junior Chelsea Britt and senior Kaitlyn Dressel swam a season best time of 3:34.90, touching over a second faster than Florida’s top team (3:35.95).
“This relay just continues to get better and better,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “All of those ladies either turned in career best splits or they were very close to them. I was very impressed with them.”
Britt turned in a third place finish in the 200 IM with a career best time of 1:58.91, which is an NCAA B standard.
The Seminoles had two ‘A’ finalists in the 50 free as Dressel touched in third with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 22.55 ahead of Alexi Smith who was fifth with a time of 22.75.
Florida State started the evening with a second place finish in the 200 free relay with the team of Dressel, Smith, Spinazzola and senior Haley Powell, touching with a time of 1:30.76.
The women are in third place with a total of 237 points behind No. 16 Florida (408) and Arkansas (253).
“We swam solid today,” Bradley said. “I was pleased with the effort and how we raced. I am anxious to see how they response to the challenges of day two. We’re young and that’s something we need to handle.”
The 20th ranked men’s team sits in third place with a total of 251 behind No. 7 Florida (514) and No. 24 Georgia Tech (261).
“Overall is was a good session for the guys,” Bradley said. “We could have been better in spots and we had a few mishaps, but we handled it well. Once again, we’re young and growing this year and I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
Sophomore Jason Coombs placed third in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.91 while junior Kyle Doxtater took ninth with a 1:53.67.
In the 50 free, sophomore Jason McCormick placed fifth with a time of 20.39 just ahead of senior Connor Knight who was sixth with a 20.46.
In diving, the men competed in 1-meter with freshman Tyler Roberge placing fifth with a score of 329.80, while sophomore Dylan Grisell finished in seventh posting 325.25 and junior Kalonji Cole was ninth with a score of 284.95.
The Seminoles closed out the session with a third place finish in the 400 medley relay with the team of senior Kevin Rogers, Coombs, Knight and McCormick at 3:16.41.
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