April 15, 2016 - by
Spring Competition Update

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Road to Rio is officially underway for two former and a future member of the Florida State swimming and diving teams. Former standout Katrina Young competed at the 2016 U.S. Synchro Championships while Jared Pike and Tayla Lovemore raced at the South African National Aquatic Championships.

U.S. Synchro Championships

Young (2011-15) picked up two medals at the 2016 U.S. Synchro Championships that ran from April 6-10 at the North Side Swim Centre in San Antonio, Texas.

Young first teamed up with Krysta Palmer of the Nevada Diving Club, to grab silver in the women’s 10m synchro with a score of 521.76 before adding gold in the mixed 10m synchro event with a score of 268.23.

“Diving  mixed platform today was great,” Young said.  We synch up naturally. I feel like he helps me become a better diver because he jumps so high and his form is so good, so to match him makes me better.”

South African National Aquatic Championships – Olympic Trials

Jared Pike (2012-14) opened the meet on Sunday competing in the 100 breast, touching in fifth in prelims with a time of 1:03.17.

Pike slipped to seventh after semifinals, swimming a 1:03.61 advancing to Monday night’s final.

He saved his best swim for last, touching with a time of 1:02.89 for sixth place.

In addition to Pike, 2016-17 signee from Indian River State College Tayla Lovemore turned in career best times in the 100 back and 100 fly.

Lovemore finished the 100 fly in fifth place, with a time of 1:01.89 after swimming her fastest time in semifinals at 1:01.84. She originally qualified for semifinals in fourth place after touching with a time of 1:02.41.

In addition her success in the 100 fly, Lovemore competed in prelims of the 100 back, touching with a time of 1:05.58 for seventh place.

Later in the week, Lovemore raced the 100 free and 50 free.

She is seeded third for tonight’s 100 free following a three-second drop (57.05) after taking the top spot in the 50 free (26.13) in prelims.


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