February 13, 2017 - by
Carlson, Medley Spark Night One

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team turned in a pair of fourth place finishes on the opening night of the 2017 ACC Championships at the McAuley Aquatics Center.

FSU first placed fourth in the 200 medley relay before freshman Molly Carlson made her ACC debut with a fourth place showing on 3-meter.

“We had a great start today, FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We lowered the school record in the 200 medley relay and our 800 free relay improved about four seconds from the Georgia Invite, so we had a good day.”

The team of sophomore Ariel Barber, juniors Natalie Pierce and Tayla Lovemore along with senior Lydia Ware touched in school-record timing of 1:36.41.

The squad originally finished fifth in the race, but a disqualification caused the Seminoles to moved up to fourth. The team went faster than their seed of 1:36.58, a mark they set at the Georgia Invite back in December, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in March.

Carlson qualified in fourth for finals behind a score of 317.20. Diving sixth in the field of eight, she improved her score to 335.10 at night, holding her place in fourth.

“Molly dove exceptionally well today,” FSU diving head coach John Proctor said. “She’s used to the big stage and she stepped up and performed really well. In finals, she nailed five of her six dives and I’m really proud of her for that.”

Carlson scored above 50 points on five of her six dives, including a total of 68.60 on her reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck, which was the highest of the round.

Florida State added an 11th place finish in the 800 free relay with the team of sophomore Michelle Turek, sophomore Alex Wittman, freshman Paige Schendaalar-Kemp and senior Katy Stringfield with a time of 7:16.50.

Turek led the race off with a personal best of 1:46.78, which ranks as the third fastest swim in FSU history.

In the men’s meet, three Seminoles scored points as senior Dylan Grisell led with a 10th place showing on 1-meter, scoring 291.25. Freshman Aidan Faminoff made his ACC debut, placing 13th with a total of 284.95 while junior Tyler Roberge finished 21st (265.20).

Tuesday’s prelims will start at 10 a.m. and will feature the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and women’s 1-meter diving. Finals will air on the ACC Network Extra at 6 p.m. with Sam Gore on the call along with six-time Olympic medalist Brenden Hensen as the analyst.

“We had everyone on their best times and splits today,” Studd said. “These ladies are ready to keep the momentum going as we head into tomorrow.”

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