March 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- On the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the No.15-ranked Florida State swimming and diving team scored in two events. Leading off the session, the Seminoles placed 10th in the 200 medley relay before junior Pavel Sankovich took 11th in the 100 back.
At night, the same four improved their final time, touching with 1:25.80 for 10th place. The Seminoles took second in the heat behind Ohio State (1:25.37) and just in front of Missouri (1:25.82).
"Second in the medley in the consolation heat was good," head coach Neil Harper said. "They seem like they're swimming better as the meet goes on. Pavel had a good lead off leg and Jared and Mark were solid. Paul came home strong for 11th adding another honorable mention. For three of these guys, they'll be back next year, so it's all great experience for them."
Sankovich's night continued in the consolation heat of the 100 back. The junior grabbed his second individual All-American honorable mention accolades of the meet after touching in 11th. The Belarusian used his underwater kicks off all three walls in order to close the heat in third with a time of 46.03.
"It's tough to come in the spring and get adapted in just a few months," Harper said. "But he's here after a great ACC meet and he's scoring points."
In prelims, Weber used his option to swim the 100 fly as he posted a time of 48.46. Sophomore Josh Friedel made his NCAA debut in the 100 back, swimming a mark of 48.13.
Junior Tom Neubacher contested in 3-meter diving, scoring a 324.15 for 25th place.
After today's session, the Seminoles have picked up steam and will enter the final day of the meet in 19th place with a total of 36 points.
"Sometimes you have to realize at this level the depth of this meet," Harper said. "Things aren't easy for you, if you're used it then it's easier for you to adapt it. These guys are realizing they need to do some extra things even if they don't feel perfect. They're banding together and looking to get it done tomorrow. Tom (Neubacher) last night was our lightening rod gave them a boost and he made something happen."
Friedel and Sankovich will swim the 200 back, while Weber and Murray will compete in the 100 free before closing out the session on the 400 free relay.
Senior John Jessell will swim his final 1650 free of his career and Neubacher will dive platform.
The top 16 qualifiers in each event will earn a spot in finals, which begin at 7 p.m. each night. All prelim sessions will be streamed live through the Indiana Spots Corporation. Friday and Saturday's finals can be watched on ESPN3.com.
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