March 18, 2016 - by
NCAAs Underway

ATLANTA –  Two freshmen from the Florida State swimming and diving team began racing at the 2016 NCAA Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech on Friday. Both Meg Brown and Summer Finke competed in the 400 IM.

“Both Meg and Summer have put in the body of work to get here,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “The swims they had this morning, weren’t what they wanted, but both ladies had some positives to their performances.”

Brown finished the race with a time of 4:19.36, touching for 48th place, just ahead Finke, who was 49th at 4:20.76.

Brown will exercise her option to compete in the 200 fly and 200 back on Saturday, while Finke will race her specialty, the 1650 free.

“Summer’s free leg looked great in that IM,” Bradley said. “She knows what she needs to do in order to score and I think if she focuses in on the little things, she’s going to have a great race tomorrow.”

Freshmen Cassidy Gebhart will make her NCAA debut on platform at 12:15 p.m.

“She’s ready to go,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “She’s been doing some great things in workouts since we’ve been here and I think she’s ready to get after it tomorrow.”

Prelims will start at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m. Finke’s mile will start prior to finals around 4 p.m. The top 16 from the morning sessions will compete in finals. Prelims will be streamed through the Atlanta Swimming webcast, while finals will be televised on ESPN3.

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