February 17, 2012 - by
In Third After Three

Feb. 17, 2012

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – After seven career performances, three podium performances and one new school record, the No.25 Florida State Seminoles are in a solid third place with 302 points at the 2012 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in Christiansburg, Va.

“We just got better as the days go on,” Head Coach Neil Harper said. “We did a great job of putting people in the swim tonight. Everyone that swam this morning earned a second swim, so it was a solid team effort. People really stepped up and made the most of their opportunities.”

Once again, The Florida State divers got things rolling with the women’s three-meter diving competition with all four ladies scoring in the event. Sophomore Kelsey Goodman earned her first podium appearance by taking the bronze medal with a score of 354.25. Junior Ariel Rittenhouse followed in fourth with a score of 352.30.

“I was so proud of Kelsey,” Head Diving Coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “We continued to dive well and we’re showing that we’re at our best. We have tower tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what we can do in that event.”

Junior Jamie Barrett qualified for her second-ever ACC championship final in the 400 IM with a time of 4:17.00. In finals, she swam to an eighth place finish with an overall tome of 4:18.99. Sophomore Julia Henkel took tenth in the consolation heat with a time of 4:18.12 and senior Tori Richmond followed in eleventh, touching at 4:19.38. Richmond turned in her personal best in the prelims at 4:18.37. Junior Corey Allison swam in the bonus heat of the event, turning in a five second drop on her way to a career best time of 4:24.19.

Freshman Elizabeth Pepper contributed another personal best in the 100 fly in prelims with a time of 54. She took 19th in the bonus heat with a time of 55.00.

Senior Charlotte Broadbent took eleventh in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.15 which was her fastest on the season. Sophomore Tiffany Oliver came in 15th with a final time of 1:49.86. Sophomore Melissa

Cooper emerged as one of the fastest 100 breaststrokers in FSU history as she took the silver medal in the event, swimming a personal best time with a 1:00.92. The Davie, Fla. native and transfer from Texas A&M, swam the fastest 100 breast since Lauren Brick broke the school record back in 2007 with a 1:00.51.

“She had a great swim, I’m happy for her,” Harper added. “There’s an athlete who transferred and is making the most of her opportunities. It’s never easy to do that. She’s a talent.”

Freshman Kaitlyn Dressel qualified for the consolation heat with a career best of a 1:02.86 and finished in 14th with a final mark of 1:03.25. Junior Kristine Polley was right behind her in 15th with a mark of 1:03.44. Junior Kendall Sieron swam to a 22nd place finish in the bonus heat, with a time of 1:05.69.

The Seminoles did have a school record broken today, coming from sophomore McKayla Lightbourn in the prelims of the 100 back at 54.27 and another personal best. She finished in sixth with a final time of 54.46. The previous school record was set by senior Stephanie Sarandos (54.33) who placed 12th in the event with a time of 54.61. Sophomore Ashley Hicks won the bonus heat, coming in 17th with a time of 54.97, another career best.

“It was great that McKayla broke the school record this morning, “Harper said. “It was great that earned a spot in the A-final.”

Three divers qualified for the men’s one-meter diving final in Senior Mike Neubacher, sophomore Tom Neubacher and freshman Ford McLiney. Showing improvement from prelims, Tom Neubacher claimed the bronze medal with a score of 370.60 after qualifying for the round in seventh. After edging out a Virginia diver by a quarter of a point for eighth place, McLiney moved up to fifth place with a score of 348.30. Mike Neubacher followed in sixth with a 328.35.

The Seminoles haven’t qualified three men’s divers in the finals of the springboard events at the ACC Championships, since they did it in 2008, when they had four in the top heat.

Heading into the final day of competition, Virginia leads with 558, North Carolina is in second with 401 and Florida State is in third with 302. Close by in fourth is Maryland with 273 and Virginia Tech in fifth with 269.

“I like where we are after today,” Harper said. “Tomorrow is out best day. I think we will have a lot of girls that will step up tomorrow because they’re swimming their best events. We have teams right behind us, so we need to go into tomorrow and solidify our third place position by performing in the morning.”

Tomorrow’s prelims will start at 11 a.m. starting with the 200 back and continue with the 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and the 1650 free. Prelims for the men’s platform will begin at 1 p.m. and the ladies will follow at 4 p.m.

Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Swimming) for updates throughout the week. Below are live stats and live streaming links and event order list.

Live stats can be followed here: http://www.theacc.com/livestats/c-swim/

Live Streaming and other Championship Information can be found here: http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-swimming-diving-championship.html.

Feb. 15

200 Medley Relay- Sixth 1:41.07

800 Free Relay- Fifth 7:16.97

Feb. 16 200 Free Relay- Seventh- 1:33.21

500 free

200 IM

50 Free

One-Meter Diving (Women)

Three-Meter Diving (Men)

Feb. 17

400 Medley Relay- Fifth- 3:38.84

400 IM

100 Fly

200 Free

100 Breast

100 Back

Three-Meter Diving (Women)

One-Meter Diving (Men)

Feb. 18

200 Back

100 Free

200 Breast

200 Fly

1650 Free

Platform Diving

400 Free Relay

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