TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State juniors Natalie Pierce, Tayla Lovemore and Christina Loh have been selected to compete individually at the 2017 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. from March 15-18.
In addition, the Seminoles will compete in the 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays.
“We’re very excited to have three new NCAA qualifiers and relays,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “This was a huge step for us but now we’re focused on going and scoring points.”
Rising senior Tyler Roberge also competed in the men’s 3-meter springboard. He finished 15th with a score of 301.95.
Members of the Florida State swimming teams will next be in action at the World Championship Trials, which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind. from June 27-July 1.
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Pierce qualified in the 100 breast with the second fastest time in the country at 58.37 behind Olympic Champion Lilly King – a mark she performed at the Georgia Invite in December of 2016, that smashed the school record. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich. native will also have the option of swimming the 200 breast as well.
This will be the first time Pierce will compete at NCAA’s in an individual event. In 2015, she helped the Seminoles earn All-American honorable mention accolades behind a 13th place finish in the 200 medley relay.
Loh earns her first career NCAA Championships bid behind her school record setting swim in the 200 breast at 2:10.55, which she also performed at the Georgia Invite in December. Loh will also have the option of swimming the 100 breast.
Lovemore qualified in two events in her first career NCAA’s in the 50 free and 100 fly. Her times from the Georgia Invite of 22.10 and 52.02 rank her within the top 30 in the country. The Durban, South Africa native also has the option of swimming the 200 fly.
Divers Molly Carlson, Ayla Bonniwell, Blaire Mulka, Alexia Gonzalez, and Cassidy Gebhart will look to qualify at the Zone B Championships that run from March 6-8 at Auburn.
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