Four Noles Ready for NCAA Championships

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Connor Knight, Jason Coombs, Dylan Grisell and Tyler Roberge will represent Florida State at the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Iowa.

Men's NCAA

By Christa Salerno

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The 2015 NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships are set to begin in Iowa City on Thursday with four Florida State athletes set to compete this weekend at the University of Iowa.

“We’ve got to make the most out of every opportunity,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We have a small group but I think we are capable of stepping up and doing some great things.”

The Seminoles are led by senior Connor Knight, who will contest in the 100 and 200 fly races. Knight, who is one of the top seeds in the 200 fly will look to build off his ninth place showing in the event from 2014 in his second NCAA meet.

“I think he’s in a good spot,” Bradley said. “His load is lighter than ACC’s and he can just focus in on his races. If he executes well, I think we’re going to see some spectacular things from him. This is his last meet and not the type of swimmer that’s going to leave something in the tank.”

Sophomore Jason Coombs qualified for his second-straight NCAA meet in the 100 breast with a time of 52.97. He will also swim the 200 IM and 200 breast events.

“Jason just made it into the meet,” Bradley said. “He’s got room to improve and he knows it. He’s more than capable of scoring points at this meet.”

Florida State will field a pair of divers in freshman Tyler Roberge and sophomore Dylan Grisell. Roberge will contest in all three diving events while Grisell will go on 3-meter and platform.

“Making it to this meet was a test,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They did it on the last day, but they did it and here we are. It’s time to get up and go.”

Prelims will start at 11 a.m. (CT) and will be followed by finals at 7 p.m. (CT). Prelims each day will be streamed through hawkeyesports.com in addition to Thursday’s finals. Friday’s finals will air on ESPN3 with Sam Gore and Rowdy Gaines on the call. Cynthia Potter will contribute as the diving analyst.

Coombs will start the championships off by swimming the 200 IM and Roberge will dive 1-meter on Thursday. For more information visit Facebook and Twitter.