NC State Tops FSU: The Florida State swimming and diving teams fell to NC State on Saturday
By Christa Salerno
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams fell to NC State on Saturday at the Wilils R. Casey Aquatics Center (women 200-99, men – 197-101).
“It’s been a hard week of training,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “Some kids responded and conquered the challenge this weekend and I am happy to see some of our athletes step up when they’re faced with adversity.”
Junior Jason Coombs won both of the 100 (55.22) and 200 (2:02.43) breast events, before taking second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.72.
“Jason improved from last night,” Bradley said. “He was much sharper and better today than he was yesterday. I was happy to see him step up when he was called upon.”
Also continuing to shine for the Seminoles was sophomore Connor Kalisz, who posted a career best time in the 200 back of 1:45.08.
“I can’t say enough about Connor,” Bradley said. “He just gets better and better every time he touched the water. I am very proud of him.”
In diving, the Seminoles produced a sweep on the men’s side on both boards as sophomore Tyler Roberge dominated 1-meter (349.80) and 3-meter (391.57). Finishing second on both was senior Kalonji Cole and sophomore Cameron Johnson placed third.
“I was happy with those guys getting in there today and competing hard,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They’ve been training well and it was nice to see it all paying off.”
On the women’s side, freshman Meg Brown won the 200 fly with a time of 2:00.58 before placing second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.59.
Sophomore Natalie Pierce placed second in both the 100 (1:03.26) and 200 (2:19.64) breast events, while freshman Summer Finke and sophomore Alexi Smith added second place finishes of their own. Finke was the runner up in the 1000 free with a mark of 10:13.54 and Smith was second in the 50 free 23.35.
In diving, sophomore Blaire Mulka was second on 1-meter with a tally of 286.28, while freshman Cassidy Gebhart finished second at 274.65.