October 5, 2014 - by
Pierce Wins Gold on Day Two


GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  Freshman Natalie Pierce won two races on day two of the Pinch-a-Penny All Florida Invitational on Saturday. The meet is being held at the Stephen C.O’Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida.

The Bloomfield, Mich. native first teamed up with junior Bianca Spinazzola, sophomore Chelsea Britt and senior Kaitlyn Dressel to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.91. Pierce then won the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.66.

“Natalie had a great day,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “That medley relay got the job done and she was in control during her 100. I was very pleased with her effort and I can’t wait to see how she improves this season.”

The FSU women remain in fourth place behind Florida, California and Florida Gulf Coast with a total of 460 points.

“It’s starting to come together for the women’s team,” Bradley said. “We had some great swims tonight and I think our veterans are really building off last year. We still have some ways to go, there is still that learning curve, but I think we’re taking a step in the right direction.”

Sophomore Caroline Neil competed in the top heat of the 400 IM and placed seventh with a final time of 4:33.47.

Britt grabbed bronze in the 100 fly with a time of 55.08 ahead of Spinazzola, who was seventh with a 56.31.

Dressel placed third in the 200 free (1:50.04) ahead of junior Sami Pochowski who took sixth (1:53.51).

Spinazzola and Britt competed in their second ‘A’ final of the night in the 100 back where Spinazzola grabbed sixth place with a time of 56.51, while Britt touched in eighth at 57.88.

The 800 free relay was fourth with a time of 7:36.99.

The men are in second place with a total of 646 points behind Florida.

Freshman Connor Kalisz placed third in the 400 IM with a time of 4:05.15, out-touching classmate Trevor Hine who was fourth at 4:05.37. Freshman Gavin Colley placed fifth with a time of 4:08.21.

Senior Connor Knight won the bronze in the 100 fly, clocking a 48.58 after posting a 47.86 in prelims. Junior Cole Hensely was fifth with a time of 48.95 and senior Cadell Lyons touched in seventh with a 49.79.

“Connor had a really nice morning,” Bradley said. “He was a little tired coming back at night and he’s had a long meet, but I was happy with him and those guys in that event.”

In the 200 free, senior Kevin Rogers led the way for the Noles, placing fourth with a time of 1:40.77. Freshman Anthony Lyons followed in fifth (1:41.87) and sophomore Jemal LeGrand was sixth (1:41.96).

Sophomore Jason Coombs took silver in the 100 breast with a time of 54.97 while freshman Storm Hewitt followed in fifth with a 58.01. Sophomore Jason McCormick placed sixth with a time of 58.76.

“Coombs had a rough day yesterday,” Bradley said. “But he rebounded and I was happy with that race of his today.”

In the 100 back, senior Josh Friedel finished fifth with a time of 51.23 and Knight contested in his second individual ‘A’ final of the night and took sixth with a 51.74.

Rogers was eighth with time of 54.69.

“We’re just a young team,” Bradley said. “We have a lot to learn and we’ll get there.”

Sunday’s prelims begin at 9 a.m. with finals following at 4 p.m. For more information on FSU swimming and diving check Facebook and Twitter.  

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