Coombs, Knight Capture Honorable Mentions
Seminoles at NCAA: Day 2 Recap
By Christa Salerno at Seminoles.com
Cover photo by David Knight
IOWA CITY, Iowa. – Florida State senior Connor Knight and sophomore Jason Coombs scored points for the Seminoles on the second day of the 2015 NCAA Championships at the University of Iowa, earning All-American honorable mention accolades.
Coombs won the consolation heat of the 100 breast, while Knight finished 16th in the 100 fly.
“Today was a good day for us,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “We had two chances to score points in the pool and we did that today and we’re going to have the same opportunity tomorrow. I think both guys have major positives to take from today and hopefully we can have an even better day tomorrow.”
Knight first qualified for the consolation heat of the 100 fly with a solid swim of 46.24 for 13th place.
“He had a solid morning swim,” Bradley said. “He just off his seed time and at this meet, when you do that and you’re seeded high, you’re going to make it back.”
At night, Knight battled in an even contested field, but placed 16th with a final time of 46.42.
“His swim at finals wasn’t his best but I’ll take it,” Bradley said. “I think it will fuel him for tomorrow. He holds the 200 close to his chest and he’s going to leave it out there for tomorrow.”
Knight will close out his collegiate career swimming the 200 fly, where he is seeded fifth.
Entering the meet seeded 29th with a time of 52.97, Coombs worked out of heat two, crushing his competition by turning in a time of 52.19, establishing a new career best and FSU record.
After waiting out four more heats, Coombs finish 11th in prelims advancing to his first career NCAA consolation heat.
Coombs worked out of lane three at finals and started out with a slight advantage over the field. On the back half, Coombs held the lead coming home in a 27.76 for the win and a ninth place finish overall. The Oviedo, Fla. native improved his time from prelims to 52.11.
“He’s realized a few things since he’s been at this meet,” Bradley said. “He knows that his ACC meet could have been better and fortunately, he swam fast enough to make it here. Today, he swam in the moment and had two fantastic races.”
By finishing ninth, Coombs ends a 16-year scoring drought in the event becoming the first to score since Brendon Dedekind and Brett Peterson contributed first and 14th place points in 1999. He will finish his season competing in the 200 breast on Saturday.
Freshmen divers Tyler Roberge and Dylan Grisell competed in 3-meter diving on Friday. Grisell scored a total of 322.25 and placed 40th while Roberge tallied 281.65 for 44th. Both athletes will contest in their specialty, the platform on Saturday.
Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) and finals wills start at 7 p.m. (CT) and will be aired on ESPN3.