GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 22 ranked Florida State women’s swimming and diving team set its first school record on night one of the 2013 ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
The team of sophomore Kaitlyn Dressel, junior Tiffany Oliver, junior Julia Henkel and sophomore Elizabeth Pepper swam a time of 7:08.84, taking down the old mark of 7:10.13 set in 2010.
“We’re just excited,” head coach Neil Harper said. “I think the rest of the team that got to cheer on the six girls today are ready to get in the pool. Those ladies demonstrated that we’re swimming well and that we’re competing hard.”
In the second race of the evening, the 800 free relay was handed a tough task after the 200 medley relay was disqualified for a false start.
“To be called for a disqualification for a difference of one one-hundredth of a second after marking and NCAA A cut time, breaking a school record and taking second place was just heartbreaking,” Harper said. “But those ladies handled adversity and showed that we could bounce back.”
Leading off the race was Dressel, who posted a split of 1:47.11, putting the Seminoles in fourth place.
Oliver followed Dressel and gained ground on the leaders while swimming a leg of 1:46.47, just out of third.
Henkel split a 1:46.90 – the fastest in her career, moving the Seminoles into third place behind Virginia and North Carolina after out swimming the NC State swimmer by almost four seconds. Sophomore Elizabeth Pepper finished the anchor leg, splitting a 1:48.36, while touching with a final mark of 7:08.84.
Florida State initially finished third in the race, however due to a false start from North Carolina, the Seminoles moved up to take the silver. That swim marks the first relay to make an ACC podium since the 2011 Championships.
With just two events in the books, the Seminoles are in eighth with 34 points. Virginia leads with 70 points.
“It’s a good sign that we’re competing well,” Harper said. “The rest of the team is ready for tomorrow’s individual races and we’re looking forward to prelims in the morning.”
Tomorrow’s prelim session will start at 11 a.m. with the 500 free. The 200 IM and 50 free will follow. The 200 free relay will be swum at finals. The women’s 1-meter diving will take place tomorrow in addition to the men’s 3-meter diving.
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Wednesday, Feb. 20
200 Medley Relay – Disqualified
800 Free Relay – Second, 7:08.84 – New FSU Record
Thursday, Feb. 21
200 Free Relay
1-meter diving (women)
3-meter diving (men)
Friday, Feb. 22
400 Medley Relay
1-meter diving (men)
3-meter diving (women)
Saturday, Feb. 23
400 Free Relay