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Four Seminoles Invited to Compete at the NCAA Championships

March 8, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Four members of the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team were invited to compete in their individual events at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. on March 20-23.  In addition, the Seminoles earned spots for the 200, 400 and 800 free relays in the meet.

“This is the biggest squad we’ve had qualify in a while,” head coach Neil Harper said. “I’m really excited for the girls. The great thing about this group is that none of them are seniors. These swimmers are going to get great experience.”

Junior Tiffany Oliver and sophomore Elizabeth Pepper will race in their second-consecutive NCAA meet, while sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel and freshman Madison Jacobi have qualified for their first.

Oliver leads the squad with the ninth seed in the 100 free (48.19) and holds the 13th spot in the 50 free (22.17). The two-time 2013 ACC Champion will also have the option to race in the 200 free and will factor in all three Seminole relays.  Oliver is the school record holder in the 50, 100 and 200 free races as well as the 200, 400, 800 free relays.

Pepper earned her spot in the 200 fly with a qualifying mark of 1:57.14 The FSU record holder swam fast enough at the ACC Championships to grab the 27th seed. She can also swim the 100 fly at the meet and could factor in the 800 free relay as she anchored the Seminoles to silver at the ACC’s.

Dressel qualifies for her first-career NCAA’s in the 100 free. She is listed in the 24th position with a time of 48.79.  The ACC bronze medalist (100 free) will have the option of swimming the 50 and 200 free events and will also factor into all three relays.  She is also a part of the three FSU record-breaking relay teams.

After seeing a near six second drop in the 500 free, Jacobi turned in a time of 4:41.85 and a new FSU record.  Her mark lists her as the 28th seed in the race and she will have the option of swimming the 1650 free.

Four additional swimmers will join those competing in individuals. Sophomores Katie Cook, Haley Powell, Grace Hoffman along with freshman Kelsey Buckley will contribute on the 200, 400 and 800 free relays.

“We’re looking for these ladies to swim well and get into scoring position,” Harper said. “It’s always fun to have a big group at this meet because they take the pressure off of one another. I’m very excited for them and we can’t wait.”

Although there are eight swimmers heading to the NCAA Championships, both Ariel Rittenhouse and Kelsey Goodman will have the chance to qualify starting on March 11 at the NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier meet.

CSCAA All American Scholars

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced the FSU women’s swimming and diving team had achieved Scholar All-American status for the fall semester of 2012.

The honor is given to teams that have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

“We couldn’t achieve this without the whole team,” Harper said. “When you have over half of the ladies team on the Dean’s List it speaks well for their dedication. They all balance a rigorous class schedule and a high level of swimming and diving. They manage their time wisely and I’m very proud of them.”

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