Dec. 2, 2012
Atlanta, Ga. –The Florida State swimming and diving teams set eight new records this weekend at the Georgia Tech Invite. Both teams won the competition with the ladies scoring 1673 points and the men totaling 2056.
Two individual records fell in the 100 free as junior Tiffany Oliver collected her third school record of the weekend winning the event with a NCAA B time of 48.57.
Her teammate Kaitlyn Dressel followed closely again in this race, swimming career-top time of 48.79. In fourth was sophomore Katie Cook who posted a 50.40, while classmate Grace Hoffman was fifth at 50.82. Freshman Kelsey Buckley touched in sixth with a time of 50.75, while junior Hannah Wilson was seventh at 51.14.
“Tiffany’s races were impressive,” head coach Neil Harper said. “What’s great about having Kaitlyn right there with her is that she’s making strides and improving and that keeps Tiffany on her toes. They both swim great for each other and the team. Who knows who will have the records when it’s all said and done. These are two great athletes and they lead us in a lot of swims and they make relays the best they can be and they’ve got a great group to train with. That 100 free was pretty deep.”
For the men, junior Paul Murray won the event with a 42.78, breaking the mark that was set in 1999 by Brandon Dedekind at 42.96. Murray’s career-best time was just shy of the NCAA A standard of 42.45.
“He beat a long standing record,” Harper said. “He had a great meet and certainly he’s above the level where he was last year. He’s taking another step and it’s exciting to see. He was the lightning bolt in those relays. On Friday he led off with a 19.35 and that was a spark we needed for the meet. He got it started and it just kept it rolling. Our kids saw what he did and took the `hey we can do that too’ approach and we certainly made the most of our opportunities.”
Murray, Bailey, Sanders and Weber teamed up to set another FSU record in the 400 free relay at the end of the meet, with their second NCAA A standard of 2:53.06. The old record was set in 2009 with a team of Jimmy Holway, Jarryd Botha, Ed Denton and Andy Hodgson back in 2009.
The Seminoles began the evening session with a one-two-three-four sweep in the mile as freshman Madison Jacobi led the way with a time of 16:31.50. Junior Julia took second with a mark of 16:37.37, while sophomore Rachel Harrington came in third at 16:44.39. Freshman Lauren Hine rounded out the field with a read out of 16:52.19 in fourth.
Junior McKayla Lightbourn swam to a second place in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.89, while classmate Ashley Hicks posted a mark of 2:01.55 en route to a third place showing. Jacobi touched in forth with a time of 2:02.84, while senior Caroline Smith placed sixth with a 2:03.00.
In the 200 breast, senior Kristine Polley swam her best mark of the season as she took second with a time of 2:13.74, while sophomore Laura Flewelling placed sixth with a time of 2:16.81. Freshman Sami Pochowski followed in seventh at 2:19.58.
“Our 200 breast was very strong,” Harper said. “Kristine went in there and had a great swim and after a tough fall season it was great to see Laura go out there and have a breakout swim.”
Dressel, Oliver, Cook and Buckley rounded out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:20.00.
Freshman Derek Pridemore won the 1650 free with an NCAA B standard time of 15:16.17. Senior John Jessell followed in second with a mark of 15:23.10, which is also an NCAA B time. Junior Lucas Akker was fifth at 15:46.69, while junior Jack Deedrick took sixth with a 15:46.69.
“Our two freshmen, in the distance events did really well,” Harper said. “After a hard semester of training it’s good to see those two responding to a little bit of rest. John and Julia also came through and I think at the end of the season, you’re going to see those races be even more competitive.”
In the 200 back, the Seminoles came out and took the top four spots in the event. Sophomore Josh Friedel capitalized in his specialty, posting a career best time of 1:43.14 en route to a first place finish and a NCAA B cut time. Senior Brad Morrison followed in second with a lifetime best swim at 1:46.56. In third was sophomore Kevin Rodgers at 1:47.84, while classmate Harrison Brogden took fourth at 1:48.93 with a career best swim.
Junior Alex Rodriguez placed second in the 200 breast, posting a career-best time at 2:00.21. Junior Jared Pike was fourth with a time of 2:01.43, while classmate Richard Hildebrand followed in fifth at 2:02.87. Freshman Nicholas Brown finished in sixth at 2:03.93 with a career top time.
Sophomore Connor Knight took more time off his 200 fly event, this time he posted a 1:45.34 en route to winning the event. Senior Danny Nguyen followed in second with a mark of 1:48.08, which is his best time of the season. Freshman Cole Hensley was fourth at 1:50.28.
“Connor is still trying to learn how to swim that race,” Harper said. “It’s great to see him get him. That’s a very impressive time.”
The platform diving event closed out the weekend with junior Tom Neubacher taking the win with a score of 350.40. Junior Mikey Lewark placed third with a total of 325.55 while senior Nick Klein was fourth at 309.55.
The Seminoles won’t race again until after the turn of the year when Florida State will face Arkansas and South Carolina on Jan. 18, 2013. Stay tuned to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter for more updates.