February 20, 2014 - by
Noles Power to the Podium on Day Two

Feb. 20, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C.  – After the second night of the 2014 ACC Championships, the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team sits in third place with a total of 357, trailing Virginia (516) and North Carolina (362).

“We had a great day,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “The thing I liked today, especially tonight is we took risks and it paid off. The ladies trusted their training and let their work shine and I was proud of that.”

After seven events, Florida State has set seven new school records posted three NCAA automatic qualifying time and crowned one ACC Champion – senior Tiffany Oliver.

Oliver closed out the evening by winning the 50 free with a time of 22.02, which is her career best thus lowering her school record that she tied during her prelim swim.  By defending her title in the race from 2013, Oliver became the first Seminole to accomplish the feat since a trio of ladies did it over the course of 2005-2007 seasons.

“Tiffany made the adjustments she needed to from this morning,” Bradley said. “She did that and she closed that race hard. I was very proud of her.”

Sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel touched in fifth with a final time of 22.59. Dressel had to earn her spot in the ‘A’ final by way of a swim-off as she swam a career-best 22.27 and winning the race by one-one-hundredth of a second.  Bianca Spinazzola also scored points in the race, taking second with a time of 23.20.

The Seminoles switched up the lineup in the 200 free relay to start the evening, pulling FSU to an silver medal finish in the event with a NCAA automatic time of 1:29.15 improving on their fifth place seed.  As the underdogs, Oliver, Dressel, Spinazzola and McKayla Lightbourn also set a new school record with that mark.

With the heavy speed up front with Oliver and Dressel, the Seminoles held the edge in the race over five other teams before the underwater swimmers, Spinazzola and Lightborn took over.  Lightbourn found her speed and held second place as she anchored the relay for the Noles.

“The only way we were going to compete in that relay was to get underwater in the back half,” Bradley said. “We did just that and those girls were a like a pair of bullets in the chamber. It was an awesome race.”

In the 500 free, sophomore Madison Jacobi swam a career best time of 4:37.77, taking three seconds off her previous FSU record of 4:40.15.  Getting out with the leaders, Leah Smith (UVa) and Stephanie Peacock (UNC), Jacobi was able to use her speed and set herself up to have a great race, touching in for the bronze medal.

“It was another breakthrough swim for Madison,” Bradley said. “She went out with the leaders and hung with them. She’s continuing to work on her speed and she showed that last night in the 800 free relay and that translated into today.”

Also scoring in the 500 free was sophomore Josie Cuda, who placed 16th with a final time of 4:52.06 after swimming her career best in prelims of 4:48.10.

Lightbourn came back after anchoring the 200 free relay and placed seventh in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.46. In prelims, Lightbourn set a new school record in the race with a mark of 1:58.11.

Also scoring in the 200 IM was senior Julia Henkel, who posted a career best time in the ‘C’ final of 1:59.75.

The school records continued to fall, as Katrina Young set a new standard on 1-meter after posting a score of 332.15 en route to the bronze medal and All-ACC nod. Young took down a mark that was set back in 2004 by Tiffany Manning (331.05).

Senior Ariel Rittenhouse had her best performance on 1-meter of the year, placing fifth with a score of 321.20. Senior Kelsey Goodman finish in 10th 294.15.

“We had a great day today,” head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Katrina was fantastic day and was on fire and Ariel had one of her best performances this season. Kelsey did well and she was so close to that final, but we’re moving on to 3-meter tomorrow.”

In the men’s 3-meter competition, senior Tom Neubacher placed eighth with a final score of 376.20. In prelims, Neubacher edged out his teammate, Mikey Lewark to get into the final. Lewark placed ninth with a score of 355.70.  Also scoring in the event was Kalonji Cole, who placed 17th with a career best mark of 323.05.

They guys were so competitive and you can count on Tom in be in that mix fighting away at it. Mikey also did well and was just shy of finals, so I know he is going to come back tomorrow with something special and Kalonji dove the 3-meter of his life. I was so proud of him for scoring tonight.”

Tomorrow’s prelims will start at 11 a.m. and will contain the 400 IM, 200 free, 100 fly, 100 breast and 100 back, followed by 3-meter diving for women and 1-meter diving for men. Finals will begin at 7 p.m.

Live scoring can be found throughout the meet by visiting the championship page at theacc.com or the meet mobile app.  Thursday through Saturday’s finals sessions will be streamed live.  For more information check to Facebook and Twitter. 

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