GREENSBORO, N.C. – After Florida State picked up 134 points in men’s diving last week at the 2016 ACC Championships, the men’s swimming competition will run from Feb. 24-27 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
“Our divers got us off to a great start,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Those guys had our swimmers fired up back home. They’re ready to go. They’re on a mission.”
The Seminoles return 10 swimmers to the ACC meet, including three that have qualified for championship finals over the past two seasons.
“I think we have a good group here,” Bradley said. “We have some guys that have been here that have improved drastically from last year and they’re ready to contribute. I’m very anxious to see how we do.”
Prior to the postseason which began Feb. 19 for most conferences, juniors Jason Coombs and Jason McCormick posted times in the top 10 in the country while contributing to three relays also ranked in the top 10.
“We’ve got a mix of veterans and rookies here,” Bradley said. “I think our guys have trained very well together and they’re all on the same page and ready to go.”
As a team Florida State has teetered in and out of the rankings throughout the season, but has received votes in every poll. The Seminoles will compete against five ranked teams – No. 7 NC State, No. 13 Louisville, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 19 Duke, No. 24 Virginia Tech this week.
Wednesday’s session will start at 4 p.m. and will feature the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay.
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ACC Championships – A Brief History
• Since joining the conference back in 1992, the Seminoles have won at least one event at every meet. Last season, former standout Connor Knight took home one of the final events of the meet in the 200 fly in ACC record timing of 1:41.66, keeping the streak alive.
• Florida State captured the MVP of the meet honor from 2012-2014 as Mateo De Angulo won the nod behind a pair of gold medals in the distance events before Pavel Sankovich collected a pair after winning a collective eight titles along with four ACC records.
• Under Frank Bradley, the Seminoles finished third (2014) and seventh (2015) at the ACC Championships.
• Overall, the Seminoles have finished in the top three of the meet 16 times.