February 22, 2013 - by
Seminoles Sit in Third Heading Into Final Day

Feb. 22, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – After three days of competition, the No. 22 ranked Florida State women’s swimming and diving team is in third place with a score of 340 points at the 2013 ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C. 

The 11th ranked Virginia Cavaliers are well in front with a total of 560 points, while it’s a three team battle for second place.  Virginia Tech holds an eight point lead over Florida State and North Carolina State is in fourth with 322.

“It’s going to be interesting,” head coach Neil Harper said.  “It’s going to take a total team effort and we’re going to need people to step up and qualify for finals and move up from their seeds in prelims.”

Freshman Bianca Spinazzola set the sixth FSU school record of the meet during her prelim swim of the 100 back with a 53.47. During finals, Spinazzola swam a mark of 53.52 en route to a fourth place finish in her first ACC Championship final.

Joining Spinazzola in the heat, junior Ashley Hicks scored her first points at ACC’s when she touched the wall in seventh in the event. She swam her career best time in prelims with a 53.69 before going a time of 53.91 at finals.

“It’s great to see that happen for both of them, “Harper said. “Both have trained hard and Ashley has improved every year and she’s applied herself and it paid off. Plus, she swam with confidence and she was able to get under that old school record. Bianca is just a gamer and just stepped up.”

Florida State fielded two swimmers in the 400 IM, both making the ‘A ‘final after solid prelim swims. Junior Julia Henkel held on to third for most of the race to claim her first All-ACC honors with a time of 4:12.39.

“It’s a great achievement for her, “Harper said.  “A lot of hard work went into it.  She swam a great race, putting all four strokes together and it paid off. Hopefully, she swam a fast enough time to qualify for NCAA’s.”

Senior Jamie Barrett placed sixth – her highest ACC finish of her career with a 4:16.06 after swimming a career best time of 4:15.08 in prelims.

In the consolation heat of the 100 fly, sophomore Elizabeth Pepper placed 13th with a time of 54.99. Pepper went her career best with a 54.25 in prelims. Spinazzola joined Pepper in the heat, taking 15th with a mark of 55.27. She also swam her career fastest time in prelims at 54.86.

Junior Tiffany Oliver swam in her second championship final of the meet in the 200 free. Oliver finished in sixth place with a time of 1:46.89.  In the ‘B’ final, sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel was 13th with a time of 1:47.75 while freshman Madison Jacobi was 16th with a 1:49.36.

Freshman Sami Pochowski made her ACC Championship final debut with a seventh place finish in the 100 breast. Pochowski swam a time of 1:02.39.

Sophomore Laura Flewelling swam her career best time of 1:02.25 to win the consolation heat, placing ninth. Following her in tenth was senior Kristine Polley, who also swam the fastest mark of her career in the event at 1:02.69.

In 1-meter diving, senior Ariel Rittenhouse took fourth with a score of 306.74 and junior Kelsey Goodman finished in seventh with a 300.65.

The Seminoles started off the evening with a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay. The team of Spinazzola, Pochowski, Pepper and Dressel swam a 3:39.10.

In men’s diving, junior Tom Neubacher snuck in for fourth place on 3-meter with a score of 392.30 while junior Mikey Lewark placed 13th at 323.85.

“We need to win it in the morning,” Harper said. “We are more 200 and 100 free team, and we’ve got four good milers going tomorrow so there will be opportunities. The ball is in our court.”

Tomorrow’s prelims will start at 11 a.m. with the 200 back.  The 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly will follow, while the 1650 free will be swum as its own session in between prelims and finals.  Both men and women will compete in platform diving.

Live stats will run for both prelims and finals, while finals will be live streamed.  For more information throughout the Championships, check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

200 Medley Relay – Disqualified

800 Free Relay – Second, 7:08.84 – New FSU Record


Thursday, Feb. 21

200 Free Relay – Second 1:29.76 – New FSU Record

500 Free- Jacobi fourth – 4:41.85 New FSU Record(4:44.84p), Henkel – 11th 4:47.81 (4:48.35p), Harrington – 18th 4:53.32 (4:57.53), Cuda – 22nd 4:56.65 (4:55.35), Pepper- 4:55.60

200 IM – Flewelling – Seventh 2:00.04(1:59.65p), Barrett – Eighth- 2:00.42 (2:00.16p), Polley – 11th 2:01.25 (2:02.82p), Buckley: 2:01.33 (2:01.77), Pochowski (2:04. P)

50 Free – Oliver- First 22.17 – New FSU Record (22.22p), Dressel – 10th 22.71 (22.71p), Cook – 20th 23.27 (23.17p), Powell – 23rd 23.42 (23.37p), Hicks – 31st 23.60, Wilson –32nd- 23.62.

3-meter diving (women) – Rittenhouse – First 369.55 New FSU Record, Goodman- 11th, 280.00

1-meter diving (men) – Neubacher – Third 388.50, Lewark- 11th 313.75, Klein -13th 304.20, Cole -207.60


Friday, Feb. 22

400 Medley Relay- Fifth 3:39.10

400 IM – Henkel – Third 4:12.39 (4:13.25p), Barrett – Sixth 4:15.09(4:15.08p)

100 Fly – Pepper- 13th 54.99 (54.25p), Spinazzola- 15th 55.27 (54.86p), Cook – 19th 56.03 (56.34p), Wilson- 22nd 56.71 (56.35p)

200 Free – Oliver (1:46.77p), Dressel 14th 1:47.75 (1:47.55), Jacobi- 16th 1:49.36 (1:49.00p) Buckley (1:50.17p), Powell – 20th 1:50.06 (1:50.24p), Cuda- 32nd 1:52.03, Harrington – 35th 1:53.75

100 Breast – Pochowski (1:02.46p), Flewelling- ninth 1:02.26 (1:03.02p), Polley – 10th 1:02.69 (1:03.39p)

100 Back – Spinazzola – fourth 53.52 (53.47p) New FSU Record, Hicks – seventh 53.91 (53.69p)

3-meter diving (men)- Neubacher- fourth 392.30, Lewark 13th 323.85, Klein- 17th 307.60, Cole, 242.10.

1-meter diving (women)- Rittenhouse- fourth 306.75, Goodman- seventh 300.35


Saturday, Feb. 23

1650 Free

200 Back

100 Free

200 Breast

200 Fly

Platform Diving

400 Free Relay



Live Stats can be found here: http://theacc.co/13WSDlivestats (All Sessions)

Live Streaming can be found here: http://theacc.co/watchACC-SDchamp (Feb. 21-23, 7-9 p.m.)

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