ATLANTA – The Florida State swimming and diving teams fell to Georgia Tech and NC State on Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in its first dual meets of the 2014-15 season.
“We didn’t compete as well as we wanted to today,” assistant coach Matt McVittie said. “We had some kids step up and swim well and win races but we fell short. We know we’re a young team and we have a lot to learn from today.”
The women (0-2) won six events on the day but fell to NC State 164-131 and were clipped by Georgia Tech 152-148.
Taking three individual victories was sophomore Chelsea Britt, who touched first in the 100 and 200 fly before winning the 200 IM.
Britt was also swam the fly leg of the 200 medley relay that touched first with a 1:41.99 with the team of sophomore Bianca Spinazzola, freshman Natalie Pierce and senior Kaitlyn Dressel.
Britt won the 200 fly by a near two-second margin with a 2:01.40 before posting an NCAA ‘B’ standard in the 100 with a 54.42. She added another win in the 200 IM with a mark of 2:06. 09.
“Chelsea did well today,” McVittie said. “She was in control of her races and she stepped up when we needed her to.”
Sophomore Sami Pochowski took care of the 200 free, winning with a time of 1:50.09 and Dressel won the 100 free with a solid 50.21.
The men’s team (0-2) won four events on the day dropping its contests with NC State (173-115) and Georgia Tech (183-116). In their first outing of the 2014 season, the Seminole divers swept 1-meter before taking first and second on 3-meter.
Freshman Tyler Roberge won 1-meter with a score of 311.75, edging out junior Kalonji Cole, who posted a total of 311.15. Sophomore Dylan Grisell was just behind Cole in third (308.05) and sophomore Dustin Miller took fourth with a total of 295.65.
In the 3-meter competition, the Canadians led the way with Grisell winning at 333.30 and Roberge following in second at 326.80.
“It’s early in the season,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “I was very encouraged by their performances today. We still have things to figure out but this is all a part of preparing for championship season and I thought we got started off on the right foot today.”
Sophomore Jason Coombs contributed a pair of wins in the 200 breast (2:02.86) before winning the 200 IM comfortably with a 1:50.43.
“NC State is one of the best teams in the conference,” McVittie said. “And Georgia Tech really stepped up today and swam well. We knew we were going to have our hands full, but we’ll head back to Tallahassee, recharge and get ready for our next meet.”
The Seminoles will host Florida Southern on Nov. 7 in a two-part event that will start at 10 a.m. For more information on FSU swimming and diving check Facebook and Twitter.