Leading the Seminole sprint group into the post season, sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel and junior Tiffany Oliver rely on each other for success. - By Christa Salerno
AT VIRGINIA (2001-02): Highlighted her only year with the Cavaliers by earning All-America honors as a member of UVA's 200 freestyle relay (1:31.46) that placed eighth at the NCAA Championships...Captured Honorable Mention All-America stats as member of the 400 freestyle relay (3:19.81)...Both relay times are still Atlantic Coast Conference records...Placed 26th in the 100 freestyle at the national meet with a career-best time of 50.12...Scored a trio of top-16 finishes at the ACC Championships...Best placing was a sixth-place, NCAA "B" cut time of 50.62 in the 100 freestyle...Also finished ninth in the 200 free with another NCAA qualifying time of 1:49.94, while her 23.64 in the 50 free place her 11th...Both 100 and 200 times would rank in the FSU all-time top ten.
HIGH SCHOOL: Took her shot at the 2000 Olympics, participating in the US Olympic Trials in the 100 freestyle...Also swam at the US Spring Nationals that year, placing in the top five on the 400 and 800 freestyle relays...Earned NISCA All-America and US Swimming Scholastic All-America honors her last three years in high school...Captured a trio of state championships, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle as a junior, while taking part in the winning 400 freestyle relay as a senior...Finished as the runner-up in the 50 and 100 freestyle during her sophomore and senior years...Competed at the 1999 US Junior Nationals in the 50 free...Member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born August 29, 1983...Majoring in exercise physiology...Daughter of Mike and Susan Ellis...Young brother David is a member of the men's team...Grandfather played football at Ohio University and served as captain...A dean's list student since enrolling in Florida State in the fall of 2002, this is her first season the Seminole swim team.