March 24, 2017 - by

Swim & Dive Battles Tough on Friday at NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  –  The No. 21 Florida State men’s swimming and diving team continued competing at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Friday at the IUPUI Natatorium.

“I thought we swam really tough today,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We just didn’t score any points. I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow.”

Senior Jason Coombs led off the session in the 100 breast, swimming a time of 53.04, placing 29th. His classmate, Jason McCormick used his option to race the event, finishing 46th at 54.32.

In the 100 back, junior Connor Kalisz made his individual NCAA debut, swimming a time of 47.10 for 33rd place.

The Seminoles closed out prelims with a 23rd place showing in the 200 medley relay behind Kalisz, Coombs, sophomore Kanoa Kaleoaloha and junior Chad Mylin clocking 1:25.88.

In diving, junior Tyler Roberge finished in 29th with a final tally of 315.35 behind four dives that scored about 50 points including a 73.50-point reverse 2 ½ somersault pike in the third round.

Senior Dylan Grisell followed in 31st place scoring 313.05. Grisell started the round with his best dive – an inward 2 ½ somersault pike that scored a total of 67.50 and finished strong with a 63- point forward 2 ½ somersault 1 twist pike. He added three dives above 50 points.

“Those guys were better today,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They both had a shot to make it back but they both had little misses that just killed them. Hopefully, we’ll be on our game tomorrow.”

Prelims will start at 10 a.m. and finals will follow at 6 p.m. with the top 16 advancing, including relays. The Seminoles will field Kalisz in the 200 back, Coombs in the 200 breast and Mylin and McCormick in the 100 free before contesting in the 400 free relay.

Grisell and Roberge will compete on platform in addition to freshman Aidan Faminoff, who will be making his NCAA debut.

The Seminoles will head into the final day in 31st place after scoring seven points in the 200 free relay on Thursday. Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.

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