Sophomore-to-be Gracie Redding will transfer from Florida State to Florida Gulf Coast, she told SwimSwam on Thursday.
The move will take her from Tallahassee, in the state’s panhandle, to Fort Myers, on the Gulf Coast side of the southern tip of the state.
Redding is primarily a sprint freestyler, with a secondary stroke of butterfly. Her best times in yards:
- 50 free – 23.30
- 100 free – 50.69
- 200 free – 1:49.85
- 500 free – 4:55.30
- 100 fly – 55.32
In her one year at Florida State, Redding swam lifetime bests in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly. That included a drop of almost a second in the 100 free at the mid-season Georgia Invite and a best time in the 100 fly very early in her college career at the SMU Women’s Classic in October.
Redding was the team’s 4th-fastest 100 freestyler from a flat-start and 5th-fastest 50 freestyler from a flat-start last season. She was not on Florida State’s scoring team at the ACC Championships, instead racing as an exhibition-only swimmer.
At Florida Gulf Coast, she would’ve been similarly the team’s 5th-best 50 freestyler, as well as their 6th-best 100 freestyler. While Florida State resides in a power 5 conference and has a much longer swimming history (Florida Gulf Coast as a University was established in 1991), the Eagles beat the Seminoles in the teams’ last head-to-head matchup in November 220.5-132.5.
Both teams sent only individual swimmers to last year’s NCAA Championships; Florida State didn’t score any points, while Florida Gulf Coast picked up a single mark on the tally board to tie for 47th place.
Also on Thursday, All-American Jason Coombs confirmed that he was leaving the Florida State men’s program via retirement with a year of eligibility remaining; and in March, All-American Chelsea Britt announced that she would transfer (though has not said where to yet).