Feb. 19, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – On the first night of the 2014 ACC Championships, the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team broke two school records while qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. on March 20-23.
“It was a solid night,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “Those ladies qualified for NCAA’s and broke school records and I am happy with where we are. It’s a fast meet and I think we set ourselves up nicely to have a great meet.”
The team of Bianca Spinazzola, Sami Pochowski, Chelsea Britt and Tiffany Oliver swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:37.97 in the 200 medley relay, setting a new school record taking down the old standard set in 2006 by Christie Raleigh, Lauren Brick, Lauren Sparg and Carrie Ellis (1:38.59). In addition to the FSU record, the Seminoles took sixth place in the race.
In the second race of the evening, the Seminoles got on the podium by placing third in the 800 free relay. Oliver, Kaitlyn Dressel, Julia Henkel and Madison Jacobi swam the second NCAA ‘A’ cut time of the night on top of capturing a new FSU record with a time of 7:06.56.
Oliver and Dressel put the Seminoles in the middle of the tight field to start off the relay before Henkel took over and moved FSU into fourth place. As the anchor leg, Jacobi split the second fastest time of the meet (1:44.63) passing the NC State team on the last 50-yards of the race in order to grab the bronze medal.
“I think we had a great first day,” Bradley said. “We took care of business. We’ve got a lot more left in the tank and our ladies are ready to let it rip for their individual races tomorrow.”
Thursday’s prelims will start at 11 a.m. and will contain the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. The women’s diving will contest the 1-meter springboard while the men will compete in 3-meter.
After the pair of relays, Florida State enters the second day of competition in fourth place with a total of 102 points behind Virginia (128), North Carolina (108) and NC State (108).
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