March 22, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – On the final day of the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team collected a pair of All-America honorable mention accolades from sophomore Madison Jacobi and the 400 free relay.
“Madison had a fantastic race today,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “I love the way she responded after her 500, she went out after it and really stepped up. I’m very happy for her.”
Jacobi swam a career best time of 16:01.09, setting new FSU records in the race as well as at the 1000 mark (9:40.58) in order to finish in ninth place. It was also the highest finish by a Seminole at the NCAA meet in the event in FSU history.
The Acworth, Ga. native swam her event in the early heats, turning in the third fastest time prior to the last heat, which was swum with finals.
The Seminoles ended the meet with a solid swim in the 400 free relay, placing 14th with a final time of 3:16.07 with a team of Kaitlyn Dressel, McKayla Lightbourn, Julia Henkel and Tiffany Oliver. The time was slightly off their best, which was turned in at the ACC Championship at 3:15.76.
Dressel and Lightbourn gave Henkel a slight edge over the field, however all eight teams evened out giving Oliver a tight race to work from lane one. In her final race of her career, Oliver touched in giving the Noles a sixth place finish in the heat.
“It was a great way for us to finish the meet,” Bradley said. “We’re still going through a learning process and I think this is a step in the right direction. We’ve accomplished a lot this year and I’m happy for these ladies and for these seniors, it was an excellent way to close out their careers.”
Loaded with three seniors and a junior, the Seminoles dug in a posted a time of 3:16.45 in order to qualify for the consolation final in 15th place. Dressel led off the relay with a career best swim of 48.38.
In the 100 free, Dressel swam a time of 48.67 and placed 23rd just ahead of Oliver, who tied for 26th with a time of 48.84.
Chelsea Britt closed out her rookie season by swimming a time of 1:58.28, placing 38th.
Katrina Young dove in prelims of platform, placing 18th with a score of 280.10.
Florida State finishes the meet in 30th place with a team total of 23 points.
The Seminoles will send eight swimmers to the Men’s NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas next week (March 27-29). For more information on FSU swimming and diving check back to Facebook and Twitter.