March 5, 2014
Julia Henkel was invited to swim in her second career NCAA Championships in the 400 IM.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seven members of the Florida State women’s swimming team have been invited to compete at the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the University of Minnesota and will run from March 20-22.
“I’m very proud of these ladies,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “I think we have a great group that will represent Florida State. We have a few ladies that can do some damage at this level and with our relays I think we can really have a great meet and I like where we are right now.”
Seniors McKayla Lightbourn, Tiffany Oliver and Julia Henkel along with junior Kaitlyn Dressel, sophomores Madison Jacobi and Samantha Pochowski and freshman Chelsea Britt have all earned their spots at the meet.
In order to be invited to the 2014 meet, the NCAA selected the 39 fastest times in each individual event.
Making her third NCAA appearance, Oliver has been invited to swim the 50 free (22.02), where she is seeded 11th in addition to the 100 free (48.50) and she will be seeded 24th. Oliver will also have the option to swim the 200 free on top of contributing on relays.
Henkel, Dressel and Jacobi all earned their second invitations.
At the Bulldog Last Chance Meet, Henkel swam her career best time in the 400 IM of 4:11.60, pulling her to the 34th spot in the country. She will also have the option to swim the 200 IM.
Dressel earned her bid by ways of the swim-off at the ACC Championships, where she posted a 22.27 in the 50 free – the 24th fastest time. Dressel can also swim the 100 and 200 free.
As one of the fastest distance swimmers in the country, Jacobi was invited to swim the 500 free (4:37.77) and 1650 free (16:02.92). She will be seeded 11th in the 500 and 13th in the mile and will also have the option of swimming the 200 free.
Earning their first nods are Lightbourn, Pochowski and Britt.
Lightbourn made the cut (38th) in the 200 IM (1:58.11) and will also have the chance to race the 100 back and 200 back while Britt earned her spots by ways of the 100 fly (52.32) and 200 fly (1:55.51). Britt will be seeded 24th in the 100 and 16th in the 200.
Following a career best in the 100 breast at the Last Chance Bulldog Invite, Pochowski posted a 1:00.61 in the race and will have the choice to swim the 200 breast as well. She earned the 37th spot in the 100 breast.
In addition to a possible 19 individual races, the Seminoles will contest in all five relays during the course of the three-day meet. Sophomores Bianca Spinazzola and Josie Cuda will join the squad and contribute to those races.
The 2014 NCAA Championships will contain 281 student-athletes on 70 different teams. Georgia had the most selected with 17 and Virginia had the most chosen from the ACC at 13.
The four Seminole divers – Ariel Rittenhouse, Kelsey Goodman, Katrina Young and Alexia Gonzalez will have their chance to qualify for the meet at the Zone B Qualifier which will be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from March 10-12.
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