November 23, 2014 - by
Three Wins on Final Night

ATLANTA – Three members of the Florida State swimming and diving teams took home individual victories on the final night of the Georgia Tech Invitational. Both Katrina Young and Chelsea Britt captured their second wins of the meet while Connor Knight grabbed his first.

“Those guys are leaders for us in those events,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “It was a step in the right direction to see all of them step up and take care of business.”

The Seminoles won back-to-back events with Britt first taking the win in the 200 fly with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:57.45, which is a season best. Knight followed, touching with his best of 1:44.70 (NCAA B) in the same race.

“Both Chelsea and Connor swam great races,” Bradley said. “They had a great meet and they’ll use this to get ready for the post season. There are still some things we can do to get better, but I like where they are.”

Young took to her specialty, the platform and won with a score of 265.70.

The women’s team finished in third with a final score of 686 behind No. 16 Florida (1,359) and Arkansas (861.5).

In the 100 free, Kaitlyn Dressel put up another season best time of 48.98 (NCAA B) for third place while Alexi Smith grabbed eighth with a career best time of 50.27.

“Those are two great swims,” Bradley said. “Kaitlyn is better than she was a year ago at this time and Alexi is still learning, but to go a best time is always great. She will build off that and will continue to have a great season.”

Caroline Neil swam a 2:16.49 in the 200 breast, placing eighth while Natalie Pierce posted a 2:18.38 for 10th.

The Seminoles finished the meet with a fourth place finish in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:19.72 with the team of Dressel, Smith, Sami Pochowski and Haley Powell.

The 20th-ranked FSU men’s team finished third at the meet with a score of 900 points behind No. 7 Florida (1,954) and No. 24 Georgia Tech (981.5).

Calvin Bryant started the evening off with a ninth place finish in the 1650 free with a time of 15:31.44 before Josh Friedel placed seventh in the 200 back at 1:49.88.

Cadell Lyons picked up where he left off last night and swam career best in the 100 free with a time of 44.29 (NCAA B) for a fifth place finish.

“It was encouraging to see Cadell swim well,” Bradley said. “The events he swims, he’s that valued depth that you don’t really hear or know about, but this weekend he was able to lead the way in some races for us and that was great to see.”

Earning second in the 200 breast was Jason Coombs, who touched with a time of 1:58.92 (NCAA B) before he helped finish the meet by contributing to a third place showing in the 400 free relay. The team of Coombs, Jason McCormick, Lyons and Knight swam a final time of 2:57.33 – another season best.

In diving, Tyler Roberge led the way for the Seminoles by taking fifth with a score of 316.85 and following in sixth was Dylan Grisell at 303.55. Kalonji Cole placed ninth with a final tally of 255.10.

“I think we had a solid weekend,” Bradley said. “We still have some ways to go but it’s a step in the right direction. We’ll head back to town, get reloaded for the Georgia Invite in a few weeks.”

The Seminoles will compete at the Georgia Invite from Dec. 5-7 in Athens, Ga. For more information, visit Facebook and Twitter. 

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