Sept. 28, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Both the men’s and women’s Florida State swimming teams contributed a combined five second place finishes on the second day of the Pinch A Penny All-Florida Invitational at the O’Connell Center at the University of Florida.
The Seminoles are holding in second place, with the women tallying 534 point and the men posting a total of 658. Both teams trail the host squad, Florida.
“The one challenge for today was just to be really aggressive in races and getting out of those comfort zones,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “I knew they would be challenged in some events, but we showed some speed and l think our team knows they have more in the tank than they think.”
The women started the session off with a three-four punch in the 200 medley relay. The team of Bianca Spinazzola, Sami Pochowski, Chelsea Britt and Kaitlyn Dressel posted a time of 1:43.31, ahead of the foursome of Ashley Hicks, Morgan Stephenson, Mary Elizabeth King and Tiffany Oliver (1:46.80).
“The 200 medley had great combinations on the women’s side,” Bradley said. “I thought men’s relay was strong. As we move forward with this event there is a lot of promise and I think by the end of the year, this could be one of our strongest relays on both sides.”
In the men’s 400 IM, the Seminoles grabbed places five through eight with Juan Sequera leading, posting a mark of 3:57.75. Mike Thomas followed in sixth at 4:00.54, Kyle Doxtater clocked a 4:03.68 for seventh and Jack Deedrick came in eighth with a time of 4:11.49.
Moving on to the 100 fly, Britt (56.81), Spinazzola (57.26) and King (57.76) placed sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. In the men’s final heat, Sankovich finished in second with a time of 48.33 while Knight placed fourth at 49.21. Cole Hensley took sixth with a mark of 49.91 and Cadell Lyons finished eighth at 50.82.
Dressel and Jacobi gave another three-four punch, as the Dressel posted time of 1:50.23 just ahead of Jacobi at 1:50.71. Pochowski was sixth with a 1:53.33 readout.
In the men’s 200 free final, Kevin Rogers took fifth with a time of 1:39.51 after swimming a 1:38.64 in prelims. Jemal LeGrand swam a mark of 1:41.58, good enough for sixth while Robert Swanbeck touched in eight at 1:43.17 following his morning swim of 1:41.98.
Swimming her third event on the night, Pochowski placed second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.79. Stepheson was fourth at 1:06.81 and Dressel took eighth with a mark of 1:08.80.
Four Seminoles finished the 100 breast within a second of each other as Jason Coombs grabbed a second place of his own, swimming a time of 56.04. He out-touched Richie Hildebrand who was third with a time of 56.10. Alex Rodriguez was fifth 56.71, just in front of Pike at 56.77.
“I thought the men’s breaststroke swam pretty well,” Bradley said. “I think the last week has taken the toll on them but I was very encouraged to see where they are.”
In the women’s 100 back, Spinazzola (56.98), McKayla Lightborn (57.46) and Hicks (58.72) took sixth, seventh and eighth.
Sankovich swam a 48.13 for second place in the 100 back, while Josh Friedel came in sixth with a mark of 50.50.
The session closed with the 800 free relay where both the women and men took third.
Dressel, Jacobi, Pochowski and Henkel swam a total time of 7:31.08 before Rogers, Swanbeck, Legrand and Knight posted a 6:48.29.
Sunday’s events are the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and the 400 free relay. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. with finals following at 4 p.m.
In addition to the meet, the Gators will be collecting new and unused items to be sent to deployed U.S. Troops. The first 250 fans that donate will receive a t-shirt.
The Florida Swim Network will broadcast the finals portion of the event each night. For more information on FSU swimming and diving, follow Twitter and Facebook.