ATLANTA – The 2015-16 season officially came to a close on Saturday for the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team as three freshmen competed on the final day of the NCAA Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
“This was a very big learning experience for our ladies,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Although the swims weren’t want we wanted, we took a step in the right direction. These girls have excellent attitudes and understand what they need to do in order to improve.”
Meg Brown started the day by swimming a 1:58.43 in the 200 back, placing 50th. The Chelmsford, Mass. native recharged for the 200 fly, placing second in heat one with a time of 1:58.81 for 39th place overall.
Summer Finke raced her specialty, the 1650 free, touching with a time of 16:25.84 for 40th place.
“The trick is getting these ladies to swim their very best at this meet,” Bradley said. “But they’re freshmen and I believe that as their careers go on, they’ll learn how to do that and be great examples for this team.”
Cassidy Gebhart closed out her rookie season by placing 44th on platform with a final score of 183.05.
“It wasn’t her day,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “She had a shaky start, but she rebounded very well on her second and third dives and was starting to gain some momentum, but she clipped her heels on the tower on her next dive and at this level it’s so competitive and you can’t make those mistakes. But, she’s a freshmen. She made tons of improvements to get here and I’m very proud of her for doing that.”
Juniors Dylan Grisell and Jason Coombs will compete in the Men’s NCAA Championships, which run in Atlanta from March 23-26.
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