March 20, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The No.22-ranked Florida State women's swimming and diving team is ready for the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. at the IUPUI Natatorium on March 20-23.
"Any time you can take seven to the NCAA level, it sets us up to have a successful year," head coach Neil Harper said. "Four swimmers made it on their own, we have a diver and we're able to do relays. We measure our success on how we do at the NCAA Championships and the more opportunities we have the better. I'm excited about our success, but I am more excited about where we are."
The three-day meet will feature five Seminoles competing in individual events in addition to three relays. It will mark the first time since the 2007 meet that FSU will compete at relays at the NCAA Championships.
Day one of competition features the 200 free relay, 1-meter diving, 500 free and 50 free events. Junior Kelsey Goodman will make her NCAA debut on 1-meter, while Madison Jacobi will contest hers in the 500 free.
With the 13th fastest entry time in the meet, junior Tiffany Oliver will swim her first of a potential of 10 races in the 50 free. Sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel is also scheduled to make her individual NCAA debut.
"Last year some of these girls went to NCAA's for the first time," Harper said. "This year, they're going back and they want to score. That's the difference. Last year everyone had the pressure on them to step up and this time the numbers are big so it takes that pressure off each individual person."
The Seminoles will lead off the session on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the 200 free relay. Both Dressel and Oliver are expected to headline that race, along with sophomore Katie Cook and either freshman Kelsey Buckley or sophomore Grace Hoffman.
Finals for the meet will start at 7 p.m. with the top 16 advancing to the evening session in each event. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com, Facebook and Twitter.