Four Compete in ACC Championship Finals
ATLANTA, Ga. – Four members of the Florida State swimming and diving teams competing in the championship finals on Wednesday night of the 2017 ACC Championships at the McAuley Aquatics Center.
Junior Tayla Lovemore made her ACC final debut in the 100 fly, while junior Natalie Pierce competed in her third-straight 100 breast final.
On the boards, junior Tyler Roberge and senior Dylan Grisell dove in the finals of the men’s 3-meter.
“Overall we had a good day in the pool,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We continued to have best times and we had more evening swims than yesterday.”
Working from lane two, Lovemore pushed for the early lead but touched in fourth place with a time of 52.28, which was slightly faster than her morning swim (52.38).
Pierce also was aggressive up front before touching in fifth place with a time of 59.87.
“Natalie and Tayla had good swims tonight,” Studd said. “Tayla looked really good and both ladies are going to look to swim faster at NCAA’s.”
In diving, Roberge made his move into second place after his fourth dive, which was a forward 3 ½ somersault pike that scored 74.40. It was his best dive in his final round.
The Edmonton, Alb. native followed with another gem, scoring 73.50 on his forward 2 ½ twister, hanging on to second by one point over Miami’s Briadam Herrera. On his final dive, a forward 2 ½ somersault with two twists, Roberge went past vertical on his entry, only scoring 44.20 for a total of 391.60 for fifth place.
Grisell was solid on five of his six dives in his sixth career ACC final, holding sixth place through more of the round. He scored above 60 points on three, including a 68.20 on his front 3 ½ pike.
“It was great to see those guys diving tonight,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “Dylan was on five of his dives and Tyler put together one of the best rounds of his career. Overall it was a solid day.”
The night started with senior Caroline Neil finishing 18th in the bonus final of the 400 IM with a personal best time of 4:16.00. With that time, Neil moves up to fifth on the FSU all-time list.
Following Neil was sophomore Meg Brown, who placed 12th at 4:15.83 after swimming a 4:14.42 in prelims, qualifying ninth.
In the C final of the 100 fly, senior Lydia Ware finished fourth with a time of 53.58 just ahead of sophomore Lelia Johnston who moved up to sixth in the heat at 54.21 after a disqualification advanced her into finals.
Sophomore Michelle Turek was the lone Seminole in the 200 free, she touched in 15th with a final time of 1:47.82 following a prelim swim of 1:47.30.
Junior Christina Loh outlasted the consolation final to win the heat with a time of 1:01.27 before junior Ariel Barber touched in 23rd place in the 100 back (54.56).
The Seminoles closed out the evening with a seventh place finish with a mark of 3:34.54 behind Barber, Pierce, Lovemore and Ware. As expected, Pierce and Lovemore provided a strong push, splitting 58.95 and 51.66 respectively.
Florida State sits in seventh place with a total of 457.5, just 27.5 points away from Virginia Tech in sixth and 29 points ahead of Notre Dame in eighth.
Thursday’s events include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay and platform diving.
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