October 11, 2013 - by
Noles Cruise to First Dual Meet Victories

Oct. 11, 2013

Final Stats

PENSACOLA, Fla.- The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team started the dual meet season 2-0 on Friday after recorded dominating wins over West Florida and Tulane.  FSU defeated Tulane by a score of 232-68 and beat the host team West Florida 241-59 at the UWF Aquatic Center.

“The racing was good,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We trained this morning and we wanted the ladies to get up and race hard and once again, get out of their comfort zone. I thought we got moving after the first few events and we had a good back half of the meet.”

The Seminoles took 15-of-16 events in the meet with nine different athletes winning individual events.

Florida State started off the meet with a sweep in the 200 medley relay as Bianca Spinazzola, Sami Pochowski, Chelsie Britt and Tiffany Oliver won the event with a time of 1:44.42.

In her first 1000 free on the season, Madison Jacobi won the race with a time of 10:05.63, while Lauren Hine placed third (10:32.82) and Katy Stringfield was fourth (10:38.04).

Oliver led the way in the 200 free – the first of five FSU sweeps on the day. She won with a mark of 1:52.64, while Julia Henkel took second at 1:54.10 and Josie Cuda placed third at 1:54.23.  

McKayla Lightborn won both backstroke races, first touching with a time of 57.19 in the 100, just ahead of Spinazzola (57.68) and Ashley Hicks (57.72).  In the 200, Lightbourn (2:04.10) edged out Hicks (2:05.36) while Jacobi placed third with a time of 2:05.77.

Henkel also picked up a pair of wins on the day, taking the 200 fly with a time of 2:05.36 before winning the 500 free at 5:01.41.

In the 50 free, Lydia Ware posted her first collegiate victory touching with a time of 24.28. She added another win in the 200 IM with a mark of 2:07.69.

Oliver captured her second win of the meet in the 100 free, swimming a 51.25, touching ahead of Ware at 52.48. Haley Powell completed the sweep as she placed third with a time of 52.61.

The Seminoles posted a one-two punch in the 200 breast with Pochowski winning with a time of 2:21.04, ahead of Morgan Stephenson who was second with a 2:24.27.

Spinazzola added a victory in the 100 fly with a time of 57.40.

The swimming portion of the meet ended with the Seminoles winning the 200 free relay with the team of Henkel, Powell, Pochowski and Oliver, who posted a 1:35.64.

On the boards, the Florida State swept 1-meter as Kelsey Goodman won with a score of 312.83 while Ariel Rittenhouse placed second with a 276.83, edging out Katrina Young in third at 275.40.

In 3-meter Young was the winner with a score of 299.93 and Goodman placed second at 281.40. Alexia Gonzalez was fourth in her first collegiate dual meet with a score of 255.05.

Florida State moves to 8-0 in the all-time series against Tulane in addition to taking its first-ever win over West Florida.  This meet was the first meet of the inaugural season for the Argonauts.

The Seminoles are back in action on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for a meet against Alabama. Both men’s and women’s teams will swim the 16-event format against the Crimson Tide.

“I just really want them to be aggressive tomorrow,” Bradley said. “That’s the goal.  I want them to just to worry about racing hard and be fast, that’s the biggest thing. Once they can get into grove, that’s going to help us down the road, but we’re excited for tomorrow.”

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