Feb. 26, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – On the first night of the 2014 Men’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, the 17th-ranked Florida State swim team set a par of new school standards at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
In the first race of the night as the top seed, Florida State looked to defend its 2013 title in the 200 medley relay, however the Seminoles took second with an overall time of 1:24.72. The team of Pavel Sankovich, Jared Pike, Connor Knight and Paul Murray set a new school record while achieving an NCAA automatic time standard.
“Our medley was great,” head coach Frank Bradley said. “We were fast tonight and I think there will be more to come with those guys down the road at NCAA’s. It was a precursor of what we are capable of doing. It was a great race.”
Moving on to the 800 free relay, the Seminoles held their seed with a seventh place finish. Junior Kevin Rogers led off the relay, turning in a split time of 1:34.52 in the 200 free, breaking the FSU record set by Andy Hodgson set in 2009 at 1:34.80.
“I was very happy for Kevin,” Bradley said. “He was ready and I was very pleased on how he led off the relay. He gave us that speed up front we needed.”
Thursday’s events will contain the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free and the 200 free relay, which will be swum at finals. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m.
With diving factored into the team score, the Seminoles sit in second (271) heading into the first full day of competition behind Virginia Tech (315), however NC State had a big night after winning both the 200 medley and 800 free relays and will be expected to move up despite its ninth place position (151).
Live stats can be found on the ACC Championship page. Finals of the event will be streamed live through the same site start at 7 p.m.
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