WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
October 28, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Tiffany Oliver was on a roll Saturday as Florida State picked up three more wins against Duke, Virginia Tech and UNC-Wilmington to remain unbeaten at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The junior Seminole and Florida Gold Coast swimmer was four-for-four winning three individual events and was a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay along with Kaitlyn Dressel, Oliver, Haley Powell and Katie Cook in 3:24.74.
Oliver won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.23, winning by 8/100ths of a second; 50-yard freestyle in a season-best 23.05 and 100-yard freestyle in 50.14.
FSU hosts Florida Southern and Emory on Nov. 3 at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The tri-meet is the team’s annual Paint it Pink event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
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Being team captain and pumpkin-carving seems to agree with senior Caroline Kuczynski as she led Arizona State to season-opening wins over Washington State, 170-88, and Grand Canyon, 179-80, Saturday at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Ariz.
Kuczynski, who trained at SOFLO this past summer, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.21 and was second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.37, 4/100ths behind teammate Tristin Baxter in 2:03.33. ASU swept the top three spots along with Lori Layne Kremer third in 2:06.57.
Kuczynski was on the winning 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:44.97 with teammates Taylor Wohrley, Tory Houston and Shannon Landgrebbe and anchored the 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:27.29 with Cassie Morrice, Melanie Busch and Taylor Wohrley.
“Shine bright like a diamond,” Kuczynski tweeted to her Twitter followers a day after she carved pumpkins with teammates for Halloween.
Kuczynski and her teammates will take to the road in two weeks for their Pac-12 matchups against UCLA and USC on Nov. 9-10…
Seton Hall’s Ryan O’Shaugnessy, another FGC swimmer, made a 100-yard butterfly Big East Championship automatic qualifying time against Lafayette, Drexel and Loyola in Baltimore.
O’Shaughnessy clocked 52.57 to finish third in the 100-yard butterfly and qualify for the Big East Championships.
O’Shaughnessy won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:09.08 and was also third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.96. O’Shaughnessy’s 400-yard freestyle relay was winning but was disqualified.
Defending NCAA women’s champion and unbeaten California (2-0 overall, 1-0 in PAC-12) had some outstanding performances from its freshman class in its 185-114 rout of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Freshman Lauren Driscoll, a Florida Gold Coast swimmer, won the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:25.31).
Freshman Elizabeth Pelton won the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.78), 100-yard butterfly (55.11) and was on the winning 200-yard freestyle relay.
Freshman Rachel Bootsma won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.20 and freshman Kelly Naze won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:06.85.
“The team overall did a nice job racing,” Bears coach Teri McKeever said. “I like the way the group responded to new challenges: travel, altitude and unknown facilities. That will help us later.”
And, as if McKeever needed any more talent after signing Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin for next fall, the U.S. Olympic coach just signed Olympic trials breaststroker Taylor Young. Since senior Olympian Caitlin Leverenz is graduating after this season, the breaststroke area was one McKeever was looking to solidy.
Cal Bears host its first home meet against Texas on Friday followed by Wisconsin on Saturday.
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