Nov. 24, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – The nationally-ranked Florida State swimming and diving teams finished in third behind Georgia and Auburn at the Auburn Invite on Sunday.
“I think for where we are, it was a really good few days,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We had lots of career best times which was really good. We also started to find relay combinations and those are huge points at the end of the year. I thought we had a great day and that we finished strong.”
Sophomore Madison Jacobi collected her second school record of the meet, as she placed third in the 1650 free with a time of 16:16.29, placing third. Her time erases the 16:16.44 mark that Charlotte Broadbent set in 2010.
“Madison had a really steady swim,” Bradley said. “She went out like she should, but got a little funky in the middle, but she closed it out great and held on.”
Sophomore Lauren Hine was also seventh in the race, swimming a time of 17:00.82.
Starting off the evening session for the 22nd-ranked Seminoles, senior McKayla Lightbourn swam a career best time of 1:55.66 in the 200 back, placing third.
Freshman Chelsie Britt contributed an eighth place finish in the 200 fly with a time of 2:00.53 after posting a 1:58.38 in prelims.
In diving, Redshirt junior Katrina Young was third on platform with a total of 250.25.
The Seminoles closed out the meet with a third place showing in the 400 free relay. The team of Oliver Dressel, Sami Pochowski and Julia Henkel swam a time of 3:19.66.
Sophomore Dylan Marsolek swam a time of 15:35.36 in the 1650 free, placing eighth in the event prior to the start of the final session.
The 200 breast had four Seminoles in the top heat, with junior Juan Sequera leading the way taking fourth with a time of 1:58.72. Seniors Alex Rodriguez (2:00.47) and Jared Pike (2:00.71) followed in fifth and sixth respectively and freshman Jason Coombs rounded out the field in eighth with a time of 2:02.80.
Junior Connor Knight swam his career best in the 200 fly with a time of 1:44.08, taking second in the race. Cole Hensley placed six with a final mark of 1:47.97 after swimming his career best in prelims (1:47.97), while Kyle Doxater took eighth with a 1:49.89.
Freshman Dominic Giordano was the winner on platform with a score of 396.30. His classmate, Dylan Grisell was third with a total of 382.40 ahead of Tom Neubacher who was fifth with a score of 368.50. Mikey Lewark placed seventh with a score of 350.30.
“Dom dove really well today,” head coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “I thought all of our guys were really locked in and they did well. It was great to see our freshman thriving while facing some tough competition and I know this is going to prepare them for Zones in March.”
The 11th-ranked men’s team ended the meet with a third place showing in the 400 free relay with a final time of 2:55.90 by ways of Murray, Lyons, Jemal LeGand and Coombs.
The Seminoles are finished competing for 2013 and will be back in action on Jan. 4, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. for a dual meet against Florida at 1 p.m.
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