Feb. 22, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team closed out the 2014 ACC Championships by finishing in third place with a total of 972 behind Virginia (1,433), North Carolina (1,205).
The Seminoles finish the meet by setting 16 new FSU records while achieving four NCAA automatic time standards.
“We had another great day,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We had a little bit of a rough morning, but I thought we were able to make the best with what we have and we held off NC State.”
The performance that stole the night was by Katrina Young on platform. A platform specialist, Young captured her second career ACC title on the event, winning with a score of 364.70 after five dives, setting new FSU and ACC meet records. The Shoreline, Wash. native broke Brittany Viola’s standard set in 2008 of 361.85. Viola represented Miami and later dove the event at the 2012 Olympic Games for the United State.
“I was really happy for Katrina, “head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “I think it was important for her to get a win under her belt. She had been right there all week with springboard and platform is where she shines. Now we will move on to the next meet, which is NCAA Zones here in a few weeks.”
Senior Tiffany Oliver defended her 100 free title, taking gold with a final time of 48.54. The swim marks her fourth ACC individual event victory of her career. Oliver also becomes the first Seminole to defend both sprint titles at the ACC meet.
Junior Kaitlyn Dressel also swam in the `A’ final with Oliver and placed seventh with a final time of 49.46.
Starting off the last session, sophomore Madison Jacobi had herself another career best swim, setting two FSU school records in one race. Jacobi finished third in the 1650 free with a time of 16:02.92 after splitting a 9:41.50 at the 1000 mark.
Sophomore Morgan Stephenson had a breakthrough swim in the 200 breast, placing sixth with a time of 2:13.74 however she swam a career best of 2:12.92 in prelims, which was the second fastest in school history.
Also scoring for the Noles was freshman Caroline Neil who placed 21st with a personal best of 2:16.08.
In the 200 fly freshman Chelsea Britt claimed her second FSU record of the meet as she posted a time of 1:55.51 en route to the bronze medal. Britt takes down Elizabeth Pepper’s mark that was set in 2012 at 1:56.86.
Senior Julia Henkel swam her final ACC individual event race, taking 14th place with a final time of 2:00.57 after posting a career best of 1:59.95 in prelims. Sophomore Josie Cuda also scored points with a 21st place finish with a final time of 2:03.15.
Closing out the evening with the 400 free relay, the team of Oliver, Lightbourn, Henkel and Dressel placed third with a FSU record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:15.76.
In addition to Young’s triumph, freshman Alexia Gonzalez added points with a 18th place finish on platform with a score of 229.95.
The Seminoles qualified three men in the top heat of the finals of platform. Freshman Dylan Grisell finished fourth with a score of 416.25 ahead of senior Tom Neubacher who was seventh with a mark of 366.50. Senior Mikey Lewark finished eighth at 359.90.
By qualifying for the championship heat, Neubacher completed his ACC Championship career by contesting in 12-of-12 `A’ finals at the meet.
The men’s swimming team will continue their championships next week starting on Feb. 26 when the 200 medley and 800 free relays will take place. The men’s diving team accumulated 169 points, trailing only Virginia Tech who has 205.
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