October 6, 2014 - by
Knight, Relay Net Wins

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The Florida State swimming and diving teams picked up wins in two races on the final day of the Pinch-A-Penny All-Florida Invitational, which was held at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at the University of Florida.

Senior Connor Knight won the 200 fly with a time of 1:46.90 before the women’s team took gold in the 400 free relay to close out the meet.

“Connor had a great 200 fly,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “He was in control of the race and I was very happy with how he finished the meet.”

The team of senior Kaitlyn Dressel, freshman Alexi Smith, junior Sami Pochowski and freshman Brenna Ruth held off the top team from California, turning in a time of 3:21.51.

“This relay is very encouraging,” Bradley said. “We are a young team and we put two rookies in tough situations and they pulled through. I’m glad those ladies finished the meet on that note.”

Aside from the victories, the women’s team placed four with a total of 661 behind Florida, California and Florida Gulf Coast, while the men’s team took second with a tally of 923 next to Florida.

Sophomore Caroline Page competed in the top heat of the 200 back, placing eighth with a time of 2:07.78.

Dressel grabbed silver behind Florida’s Natalie Hinds and ahead of Cal’s Missy Franklin, touching with a time of 49.20 – a mark that is her career best during the regular season.

Smith took sixth with a 51.09 just shy of her career best.

“Kaitlyn had a great 100,” Bradley said. “Then she came back and led off the relay very well. I was very pleased with her and I am anxious to see how she builds off this weekend.”

Sophomore Caroline Neil led the Seminoles in the 200 breast by placing fifth with a time of 2:21.46 ahead of freshman Natalie Pierce who was eighth at 2:25.36.

In the 200 fly, sophomore Chelsea Britt grabbed silver with a final time of 2:00.03 behind Celina Li of Cal.

Freshman Calvin Bryant swam the 1650 free and grabbed sixth place with a final time of 16:25.32.

Senior Kevin Rogers placed third in the 200 back, touching with a time of 1:49.68 ahead of freshman Connor Kalisz (1:50.83) and senior Josh Friedel, who was seventh (1:53.08).

Sophomore Jemal LeGrand turned in FSU’s top time in the 100 free, placing fourth with a 45.79 while his classmate Jason McCormack finished sixth with a mark of 45.88. Senior Cadell Lyons placed seventh with a 46.38.

In the 200 breast, sophomore Jason Coombs placed third with a time of 2:03.67, finishing ahead of freshman Storm Hewitt who was fifth (2:11.58) and junior Marc Rojas (2:13.70) who was seventh.

Joining Knight in the top heat in the 200 fly was junior Cole Hensley, who put together a strong final 50 in order to take third with a final time of 1:48.64. Redshirt freshman Jacob Urbano was also in the field, he placed sixth with a time of 1:54.78.

The 400 free relay closed out the meet with a time of 3:02.02, placing second with McCormick, Coombs, LeGrand and Knight.

“I thought it was a solid weekend,” Bradley said. “We have a lot to learn but we’ve established a great base for the season. We are starting to figure out what we have and we’ll make our adjustments and build towards the end of the year.”

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