Oct. 1, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- After the first weekend of competition at the All-Florida Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., the Florida State swimming and diving teams swept the ACC Swimmer of the Week honors. Junior Kaitlyn Dressel and senior Pavel Sankovich grabbed their first career weekly accolades that were announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Dressel turned in a pair of first places finishes, winning the 50 and 100 free events. She started the weekend by turning in a time of 22.86 in the 50 free, a mark that was just shy of her career best (22.71).
The Green Cove Springs, Fla. native closed out the weekend by swimming three 100 free races all under the 50-second barrier. She first swam a 49.91 in prelims before topping that performance with a 49.50.
In the final race of the meet, Dressel served as the lead-off leg of the 400 free relay where she managed to split a 49.99.
“The whole meet for me was all about my mentality,” Dressel said. “Even though I didn’t feel great in the water I just wanted to stay mentally tough through the weekend and I was able to do that and have great swims. It’s awesome to be able to represent my team like this.”
In addition to her individual races, Dressel contributed on all five relays for the Seminoles, helping FSU to three second place finishes and two third places.
Sankovich swam a variety of races this weekend, turning in an NCAA ‘B” time in the 100 back with a 48.13 for second place. He posted another individual second in the 100 fly with a time of 48.33.
“It was a tough meet,” Sankovich said. “It was the first meet of the season and we all needed to fight the fatigue and have good performances. I love representing the Seminoles and I’m glad to be off to a great start.”
The Hronda, Hronda Belarus native contributed on four relays, including turning in the fastest split for the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay at 21.88, nearly six-tenths of a second faster than the next best swimmer.
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