Thielmann & Warner Earn All-American Honors on Day One of NCAA Championships
By Will Pantages
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Juniors Jessica Thielmann and Kahlia Warner each earned All-American honors, as the University of Florida women’s swimming & diving team competed on day one of the 2015 NCAA Championships. This week’s meet is being held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
On the boards, Warner, who is competing in her first-career NCAA Championships, qualified for the finals after posting a mark of 305.95 points on the one-meter dive during prelims. In the finals, she earned her first-career All-American accolade as she placed sixth with a score of 321.75.
Warner became UF’s first diver since 2011 to earn an All-American honor and its second-ever female to earn the accolade on the one-meter board. Monica Dodson was the Gators last All-American diver and Megan Neyer (1982-86) was the last to accomplish the feat on the one-meter.
In the pool, Thielmann earned her fourth-career All-American honor by finishing fifth in the A-Final of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.22.
As a team, the Gators stand in 15th place with 27 points following day one.
UF is back in action tomorrow for day two of the NCAA Championships with prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET and finals at 7:00 p.m. For ways to follow and watch tomorrow’s action, click here.
Head Coach Gregg Troy:
On Jessica Thielmann…
“Jess Thielmann had a really good day today. That was the first time that she has ever made the finals in the 500-yard freestyle and she competed real well in the morning and tonight. She over-swam the front end of the race this morning, but she made that correction this evening. I’m really pleased with the day she had.”
On what the Gators need to improve upon tomorrow…
“We just didn’t swim well this morning at all. We’re going to take a look at what our morning routine is and see if that needs changed, as we weren’t very aggressive. Also, our relays weren’t as good as what they needed to be. We have our work cut out for us, but we will come back tomorrow with a more aggressive approach. I think we raced pretty well, but we just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be.”
Diving Coach Dale Schultz:
On Kahlia Warner’s performance…
“For Kahlia (Warner) to do this well on what we feel is her weakest event is outstanding. She was just really, really solid all day. Kahlia did a great job, as it’s been an interesting season.”
On the events she will be competing in tomorrow and Saturday…
“Today has set her (Kahlia Warner) up real nicely for the rest of the week. The higher she goes, the better she is. I’m expecting her to do well on the three-meter dive and platform but today gives her confidence. I’m just looking forward to seeing what she can do.”
Junior Jessica Thielmann:
On her day overall…
“Today’s prelims were good, as it was about where I wanted to be. It was a fast heat as a girl (Leah Smith, Virginia) broke the American record, so I was nervous about where I was. But, I was pleased with tonight’s final. It’s not about times, as its more about racing here, so to come in fifth [place] I was really, really pleased with that. And, my time wasn’t too bad either. Overall, I’m really happy.”
Junior Kahlia Warner:
On becoming an All-American…
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s something I’ve wanted, it’s something I’ve thought about often but I’ve tried to be realistic with my goals. So I wasn’t expecting this to happen, I’ll put it that way. But, I’m just really excited. I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
Through day one of competition at the NCAA Championships, Florida has earned two All-American honors, including:
- Jessica Thielmann – 500 Free (4:37.22)
- Kahlia Warner – One-Meter Dive (321.75)
Florida Swim Network