March 15, 2017 - by
Women Ready to Take on NCAA Championships

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will look to finish the season on a high note at the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. at the IUPUI Natatorium.

The Seminoles will begin competing at the four-day meet (March 15-18) on Thursday.

“I think we’ve transitioned well from the ACC Championships into preparing for NCAA’s,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We’ve put some work in and we’re looking really good.”

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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Florida State will be led by five first-time individual qualifiers, three swimmers and two divers. In addition, senior Lydia Ware, juniors Alexi Smith and Ariel Barber along with freshman Nika Blank will contribute on three relays.

Junior Tayla Lovemore will be the first to compete for the Seminoles by swimming the 50 free on Thursday. The Seminoles will start Thursday’s session at 10 a.m. with the 200 free relay and finish prelims with the 400 medley relay.

Freshmen Molly Carlson and Ayla Bonniwell will compete in prelims of 1-meter starting at 12:30 p.m.

The top 16 of each event, including relays will score points towards the team total and advance to finals, starting at 6 p.m.

“We have to be fast in the morning,” Studd said. “We need to give ourselves the chance to score. If you’re a tenth or two off in the morning, you’re out. It’s the fastest meet in the world with all of the American and foreign athletes competing. We just need to be ready to rock and roll in the morning.”

Juniors Natalie Pierce and Christina Loh will race individually starting of Friday, with the 100 breast.

The Seminoles qualified three athletes for the 2016 NCAA Championships, however score points. Florida State produced its highest finish at the 2007 meet, placing 16th.

ESPN3.com will stream the championships finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and 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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