COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2017-18 season came to a close on Saturday night for the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team at the 2018 NCAA Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
“We had some strong morning swims today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “They just weren’t fast enough to score points. They battled hard.”
Two seniors finished their collegiate careers on Saturday as Natalie Pierce finished 29th in the 200 breast at 2:10.43 before Tayla Lovemore touched at 1:57.41 which was just off her best times she set at ACCs in February (1:57.32).
Pierce made her mark on FSU history, as she owns both the 100 breast (58.25) and 200 breast (2:09.05) in addition to both the 200 medley and 400 medley relays along with Lovemore.
Lovemore also holds the 100 fly record at 51.60 and is a part of the 200 free relay mark as well. The Durban, South Africa native also leaves the meet with an All-America honorable mention after a 15th place finish in the 100 fly on Friday at 52.88 following a morning swim of 51.92.
Freshman Elise Olsen competed in the 100 free, swimming a time of 49.74, finishing in 45th place while her classmate took 47th in the 200 back, touching at 1:57.08.
“We were excited to have so many qualify for NCAAs this year,” Studd said. “The freshmen that got here can hopefully use this experience and come back and score points next year. The future looks bright.”
The Seminoles scored three points to place 42nd. FSU also finished eighth at the ACC Championships and produced a record of 5-7 in duals this season.
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