March 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas – The 17th-ranked Florida State men’s swimming and diving team is set for the 2014 NCAA Championships, which begin on Thursday at the Lee and Joe Jamil Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas. The three-day event will feature eight Seminoles competing both individually and on relays.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “But where we’re seeded in our events, it’s great and we’re in a good spot. If we can just hit our times, we’ll be in a great position. I think the greatest challenge for them will be coming together on relays. If they can be a little bit better, we have a great chance to do well as a team.”
Five swimmers were invited to compete individually, including Pavel Sankovich, Paul Murray and Connor Knight, who all qualified with automatic time standards are expected to finish within the top heats of their races. Kevin Rogers and Jason Coombs earned their invitations by ranking within the top 30 times in their events.
Thursday’s events include the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay.
The Seminoles will compete in the 200 free relay and are heavy contenders in the 400 medley with the second fastest seed time (3:04.47) in the meet.
Individually, Sankovich is expected to race in the 200 IM, while Murray will work as the No. 3 seed in the 50 free. Rogers has the option to swim the 500 free, while Knight and Coombs have the choice to swim the 200 IM.
Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) and finals will start at 7 p.m. and will feature to the top 16 times from the morning session. Prelims and finals for Friday will be streamed live through Texassports.com.
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