March 30, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - The 17th-ranked Florida State men's swimming and diving team added an honorable mention swim from Connor Knighton the final night of the NCAA Championships at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in order to pull the Seminoles to a 14th place team finish scoring a total of 105 points.
The 14th place finish is the fifth highest in school history and is the best showing at an NCAA Championships since the 12th place performance at the 1999 meet. It also marks the fifth time in program history that Florida State finished in the top 15.
"Overall we had a solid meet," head coach Frank Bradleysaid. "I think these guys really showed what our program is capable of doing at this level. There is still a learning curve, but this is a step in the right direction for us."
On the final day of the meet, Knight earned a swim in the consolation final of the 200 fly by placing 11th in the trials with a time of 1:43.22.
In finals working from lane three, Knight led the race from wire-to-wire clocking a 1:42.25. With that time, Knight would lower his FSU record time he set at the ACC Championships (1:42.46).
"I'm proud of Connor," Bradley said. "He got out after it and stayed after it and that's what I liked about that race."
Kevin Rogersplaced 42nd in the 200 back with a time of 1:45.36 to start off the trials session.
Overall, Florida State collected three individual and a pair of All-America honors and added an honorable mention on the final day.
In addition to the All-American swims, the Seminoles turned in the highest relay finish in school history (200 medley relay - fourth) and Sankovich became the first Seminole in history to earn a two top eight individual finishes on the same night (100 fly, 100 back).
The Seminoles were the second highest finishing team from the ACC at the meet. NC State took 13th (113.5).
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