INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel set the first FSU record of the weekend at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Dressel swam the lead-off leg of the 800 free relay, posting a FSU record of 1:46.26 while spearheading the 16th place finish in the race.
“Just to see her hard work pay off and get a school record of her own is just great,” head coach Neil Harper said. “You want to swim school records at NCAA’s and I’m happy that she was able to do that. She swam a good race this morning in prelims and I thought she had a good strategy. She swam a very well-paced and controlled race. She did not have too much left when she was done.”
Dressel claimed her first individual FSU record, taking down the mark that Oliver set at the Georgia Tech Invite earlier this year.
After Dressel’s leg, junior Tiffany Oliver dove in and split a 1:46.77 just before freshman Madison Jacobi swam a 1:48.11 split in the third leg of the race.
“Tiffany went in swam a smart first 100,” Harper said. “She pulled away on that last 50 and Madison is such a gamer. She picked up her tempo and went after it. Luckily, she’s a 500 and mile swimmer and she can go out after it and not get tired.”
Sophomore Elizabeth Pepper anchored the Seminoles to a total time of 7:09.94, splitting a 1:48.80.
“It was great to see Pepper finish with teams closing in,” Harper said. “We felt like we had to win that first heat to have a chance. She held them off and winning the heat is just an accomplishment in itself. It was a gamble that paid off and the girls were able to swim fast enough for an All-American honorable mention.”
After talking first in heat one, Florida State had to wait out the last two heats to see where it would place in the event. After heat three, the Seminoles discovered they earned their first relay All-American honorable mention since 2007 with a 16th place finish in the race.
In prelims, Dressel swam the 200 free with a time of 1:47.15, touching in 36th place overall. Pepper made her NCAA debut in the 100 fly with a time of 55.85.
“We’re excited to see the last day because it should be a good one,” Harper said.
On the final day of competition, Oliver and Dressel will swim their best event in the 100 free. Jacobi will close out her rookie reason with the 1650 free and Pepper will swim the 200 fly.
Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and 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.