The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team set a new school record in the 400 medley relay on Thursday night of the 2018 NCAA Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
In prelims, the team of freshman Madeline Cohen along with seniors Natalie Pierce, Tayla Lovemore and Alexi Smith set a new school record with a time of 3:32.32, which was just faster (3:32.80) than the previous mark that was set back at the ACC Championships in February.
“We had a really great morning swim,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “That school record was great. We’re very excited for tomorrow.”
The Seminoles qualified for the consolation heat of the 400 medley relay in 15th place, but they were disqualified due to an early relay exchange.
Florida State opened the meet by competing in the 200 free relay with freshmen Emma Terebo and Elise Olsen along with Lovemore and Smith. The squad placed 23rd with a time of 1:29.62.
Individually, Lovemore competed in the 50 free and finished 48th with a time of 22.72 just ahead of Elise Olsen, who was 50th at 22.78 which was slightly off her best swim (22.71).
Sophomore Ayla Bonniwell competed in prelims of 1-meter, finishing in 41st with a score of 251.75. Bonniwell scored three dives at 46.80 before finishing with her best dive – a back 1 ½ somersault 1 ½ twist free for 48.75 points. However, a miss on her third dive kept her out of the top 16.
“She did a solid job,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “It was the difference of one miss. At this level that’s all it takes. She’s had a great year in this event. She’s been much stronger on 3-meter this year so she should be good tomorrow.”
Bonniwell and her classmate Molly Carlson will compete on 3-meter prelims on Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Olsen and Lovemore will race in the 100 fly while Pierce will compete in the 100 breast. Cohen will make her individual event debut in the 100 back. The Seminoles will also compete in the 200 medley relay to finish the session.
Friday’s prelim sessions will be streamed via Buckeye Vision and finals will be on ESPNU. Live results are also available on meet mobile as well as Divemeets.com.
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