The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team is ready for the 2017-18 season finale this week as it starts competing at the 2018 NCAA Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at The Ohio State University on Thursday.
“We have some very talented ladies going to NCAAs and they’ve been swimming fast in practice,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “They look good. For us, our first day we have two big relays – the 200 free and 400 medley and sometimes with the relay exchanges they surprise themselves with that atmosphere and pulling for their teammates and that can lead to better swims in the individuals.”
Prelims on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. with the top 16 advancing to finals. The Seminoles will look to capitalize on the 200 free and 400 medley relays where they are seeded 14th and 16th respectively.
Seniors Tayla Lovemore and Natalie Pierce will look to continue their success at the national level this season as both will compete in their primary races on Friday.
“I just expect them to step up when it counts,” Studd said. “They did that last year and both of their best times are from finals at NCAAs. Which is a really good sign and that’s what we’re looking for. They just need to stay calm and relaxed and have fun with it.”
Pierce was fourth in the 100 breast in 2017 (58.25) while Lovemore was 12th in the 100 fly (51.60). Both swims are the current FSU record.
Lovemore and sophomore Elise Olsen will be eligible to compete in the 50 free on Thursday before the 100 fly on Friday. Freshman Madeline Cohen can race in the 100 back on Friday as well before leading off the final day of trials on Saturday competing in the 200 back before Pierce in the 200 breast. Lovemore can also chose to compete in the 200 fly while Olsen can race in the 100 free.
For the second straight season, sophomores Ayla Bonniwell and Molly Carlson will don the Garnet and Gold at the NCAA Championships.
“Molly and Ayla are very talented and great competitors,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They seem to know when the spotlight is on them and they turn it on. I think this will be an environment they’ll thrive in.”
Bonniwell will contest in trials of 1-meter diving starting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The top eight will advance to compete at finals while finishers nine through 16 will compete in the consolation final immediately after prelims.
Carlson will compete in 3-meter diving along with Bonniwell starting at 11:30 a.m.
In addition to the six qualifiers, seniors Alexi Smith and Ariel Barber along with freshman Emma Terebo will compete on relays.
Thursday’s sessions will be streamed via Buckeye Vision. Live results are also available on meet mobile as well as Divemeets.com.
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Buckeye Vision Streaming Links
Wednesday Finals – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=570983
Thursday Prelims – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572215
Thursday Diving – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572216
Thursday Finals – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572217
Friday Prelims – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572218
Friday Diving – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572219
Saturday Prelims – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572220
Saturday Diving – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572221
Saturday 1650 Freestyle – http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/collegesportslive/?media=572222