Sophomore Chelsea Britt finished eighth in the 100 fly and helped the 200 medley relay to an All-America honorable mention accolade.
By Christa Salerno
GREENSBORO, N.C. – It was a big day for sophomore Chelsea Britt at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Friday as she headlined her night by placing eighth in the 100 fly just after helping Florida State to an All-America honorable mention in the 200 medley relay on a day where she swam five races.
Britt writes a morsel of FSU history by turning in the highest finish in the 100 fly at the meet since 1982, capturing All-America honors.
“That was such a big day for Chelsea,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We’ve asked her to do a lot today and she’s still figuring out how to handle that load, but I thought she got up and she raced hard and it paid off for her.”
In prelims, Britt turned in a time of 51.86 qualifying her for the top heat by .01. The time was just seven one-hundredths off her FSU record she set at the 2015 ACC Championships.
“She had a good swim in the morning,” Bradley said. “She did what she needed to do and at the end of the day she’s an All-American and that hasn’t been done from a swimmer in quite some time.”
At finals, Britt held her place and turned in a time of 52.42.
“That was a fast heat,” Bradley said. “There was the two fastest in history in that race and I thought she got up and went after it and she had chances to move up, but she did well and what she did was pretty great.”
Prior to the 100 fly, Britt helped her teammates Bianca Spinazzola, Natalie Pierce and Kaitlyn Dressel qualify for the consolation heat of the 200 medley relay with a school record setting time of 1:37.38 for 13th place.
“They got after it this morning,” Bradley said. “Yesterday was disappointing with our relays and today they came back, did their best and broke the school record.”
The Seminoles came back at finals and improved their time to 1:37.25 holding in 13th place. It marks the first points in the event since the 2007 meet.
“I thought they had a solid effort,” Bradley said. “They improved. I thought we got caught up a little bit with racing at night, but overall they went faster and that’s awesome.”
Dressel competed in the 200 free in prelims and turned in a 1:46.57 for 32nd place and junior Sami Pochowski finished the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.05 good enough for 36th place.
Britt added to her big day by achieving a personal best in the 100 back with a time of 52.64 finishing 23rd.
Saturday’s session will start at 11 a.m. with the Seminoles entered in the 100 free, 200 fly platform diving and the 400 free relay. Finals will start at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN3.
“Today was a much better day,” Bradley said. “We’re still on that learning curve and these ladies are adapting to a meet of this magnitude. We’re heading in the right direction and tomorrow is it for the season. It’s time to see what we’re made of.”
To watch the live stream:
Saturday Prelims: http://www.gopack.com/collegesportslive/?media=490199
Saturday Finals: http://es.pn/1C6rpEG