ATHENS, Ga. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams opened up competition at the Georgia Invitational on Friday evening. The women sit in fifth place (85) while the men are in sixth (60) heading into the second day.
“We had a solid day,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We were about where we were two weeks ago, so it’s great to see us be consistent at this time. Hopefully we rise up to our level of competition and continue to compete well throughout the weekend.”
Florida State started the evening with a sixth place finish in the women’s 200 free relay, taking sixth place with a team of Kaitlyn Dressel, Alexi Smith, Bianca Spinazzola and Chelsea Britt. They turned in a time of 1:30.49.
Dressel and Smith would score points for the Seminoles in the 50 free as Dressel touched with a time of 22.54 for 12th and Smith would finish 16th at 22.84.
The Seminoles closed out the evening finishing fifth in the 400 medley relay with the team of Spinazzola, Natalie Pierce, Britt and Dressel, touching with a time of 3:34.40.
“It was good for these ladies to compete in that type of elite field tonight,” Bradley said. “These will be the teams competing in that top heat at NCAA’s, no doubt and it’s great experience for them to get up and race. They had great splits and I like where we are with this relay.”
The men placed fourth in the 200 free relay to start off the evening with a team of Jason McCormick, Cadell Lyons, Jason Coombs and Connor Knight, with a time of 1:19.36 – a season best.
Kevin Rogers put up his best 500 free swim of the season and placed seventh with a final time of 4:23.57, which is an NCAA B standard. Coombs picked up 16th place points in the 200 IM with a final time of 1:49.02 after swimming a 1:47.09 in prelims.
In the 50 free, McCormick won the ‘B’ final with a season best swim of 19.95, while Knight finished 12th with a time of 20.19, which is his best showing in the race.
The Seminoles concluded the evening with a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay with the team of Josh Friedel, Coombs, Knight and McCormcik, who turned in a time of 3:12.61.
Prelims for Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9:30 and finals will follow at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Live stats can be followed online and at meet mobile.
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