FSU’s Britt, Dressel add Honors on Final Night
By Christa Salerno
Sophomore Chelsea Britt grabbed her second All-America honor by taking eighth in the 200 fly, while senior Katilyn Dressel closed out her career with an honorable mention in the 100 free.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2015 NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships came to a close on Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with a pair of Florida State swimmers earning All-America honors.
Junior Chelsea Britt followed her 100 fly All-America swim up with another as she touched in eighth place with a final time of 1:55.98 in the 200 fly while senior Kaitlyn Dressel concluded her collegiate career with a 13th place finish in the 100 free with a mark of 48.33.
“Both had great meets,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “I thought they led this team all year and they did it again tonight.”
Britt entered the championship final after swimming a 1:54.42 in prelims, qualifying sixth. At night, she worked out of lane two and went out for the early lead, splitting 53.37 at the 100.
“She went for it,” Bradley said. “If you’re going to race in this field, you’ve got to go out after it. Her best time this season is right up there and she needed to go out hard in order to give herself a chance.”
The Orlando, Fla. native pushed a little too early as she finished the race in eighth.
“She took a big risk in order to have the chance to do something amazing,” Bradley said. “It fell short but it was the right move and she’ll understand how to adjust for the future in order to maximize her talents.”
Britt added to the history books by becoming the seventh Seminole to earn multiple individual All-America honors in the same NCAA meet and the first since Emma Dutton accomplished the feat in 2004 by placing eighth in both breast races.
In prelims, Dressel gave everything she had in her final individual race in the Garnet and Gold, posting a career best time of 48.25 qualifying for 12th place in the consolation final.
The Green Cove Spring, Fla. native ended her career by taking fifth in the heat for 13th with a final time of 48.33, picking up her second career individual All-America honorable mention accolade.
“Kaitlyn had an outstanding year,” Bradley said. “She finished on a great note. I’m proud of her. She’s a great swimmer and an even better person and her leadership this season was vital. She’s going to be missed.”
Also swimming in prelims was junior Sami Pochowski, who competed in the 100 free and finished with a time of 50.17.
Dressel, Pochowski along with freshman Alexi Smith and senior Haley Powell finished with a season best time of 3:17.72 for 25th place.
Senior Katrina Young closed out her career by competing on platform, scoring 242.95 for 23rd place.
The Seminoles finished the meet in 24th place, which is the best showing at the women’s NCAA Championships since 2007 when the Seminoles placed 17th. Since that meet, FSU has not finished higher than 30th.
“It was a pretty solid week for the women,” Bradley said. “I’m glad we’ve improved in the rankings from last year and it’s a step in the right direction for us.”
Full results can be seen here: Final Results
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