March 23, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- After setting a new FSU record in the 200 free on Friday night, sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel came back on the final day of the NCAA Championships and earned an All-American Honorable Mention in the 100 free.
“This morning she swam with great confidence,” head coach Neil Harper said. “She had great race and got in the top 16. If you have a lane then you have a chance at night. She was in lane eight on the outside and moved up a few spots and got three more points for FSU.”
Dressel qualified for the consolation heat in 16th place with a time of 48.53, just one place ahead of junior Tiffany Oliver who touched with a time of 48.63.
In finals and working from lane eight, Dressel touched in sixth with a time of 48.50 in a heat that was too close to call. The Jacksonville, Fla. native moved up two spots from prelims, taking 14th and All-American Honorable Mention accolades.
“I was happy for her,” Harper said. “Athletes have come here multiple time and they haven’t accomplished what she did this weekend. For her first time here, that’s impressive. I’m happy for her and this was a fantastic way for her to close out a very successful year.”
With that finish, Dressel becomes the first Seminole to score points in the event at the meet since 2001. In addition to her race tonight, Dressel concluded the meet with an FSU record in the 200 free and as well as an honorable mention as a part of the 800 free relay that placed 16th.
In prelims, sophomore Elizabeth Pepper finished her second-straight NCAA Championships with a 2:01.56 in the 200 fly.
Freshman Madison Jacobi concluded her rookie season with a career best time in the 1650 free with a mark of 16:21.32. She placed 28th.
“She’s been battling injury all year,” Harper said. “She battled through it and went faster today than at ACC’s. She toughed it out in the longest event and raced a girl that was three lanes over. Hopefully she can build on upon this and contribute even more next year.”
Florida State concluded the meet by finishing in 31st place.
“It shows how far we’ve come,” Harper said. “We actually had eight Seminoles here and that was an improvement from last year. We had one relay earn honorable mention, and Kaitlyn and Tiffany did it individually. Four contributed and four came and none of them are seniors. With our freshman class coming in, we have a bright future ahead of us. The women’s team had a great dual meet season and a successful ACC’s and after this weekend I know the best is yet to come.”
The men’s NCAA Championships will close out the 2012-13 season on March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com, Twitter and Facebook.