Nov. 19, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team got off to a sprinting start on Friday at the Georgia Tech Invite. The 20th-ranked Seminole men are in first-place with 441.5 points while the women are currently second with 326.5.
“I’m excited that they competed well as a team,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We had participants in every final and we got on a little bit of a roll to start and I hope we can continue it tomorrow.”
The 50 free is fondly known as the splash and dash and the Seminoles sprinted their way to five of the top eight spots, led by sophomore Mark Weber. Weber dashed his way to a blistering NCAA B qualifying time of 19.83. The Garnet and Gold also took home the fifth through eighth positions. Senior Robby Hayes was fifth (20.60), freshman Paul Murray (20.59) sixth, sophomore Trice Bailey (20.65) seventh and senior Matt Shead (20.82) tied for eighth. The sprint group also began the evening with a win in the 200 free relay with a NCAA B qualifying time of 1:18.87.
“That was an exciting event for us,” Harper said. “It’s really rewarding to watch a guy like Mark blossom and swim the way he did.”
Opening the individual events, junior Mateo DeAngulo dominated the 500 free winning in a NCAA B qualifying time of 4:21.72. Senior Ian Rowe placed sixth in 4:26.66 and sophomore Brad Morrison placed eighth 4:30.83.
In the 200 individual medley two Seminole seniors earned NCAA B qualifying times. Hayes placed second in 1:48.21 and Rob Holderness finished third in 1:49.22. Sophomore Danny Nguyen placed eighth (1:52.45).
The FSU men also placed three divers in the top eight on the three-meter board led by senior Jordan Horsley’s second-place finish. Horsley scored 361.95 points to pace the team while senior Landon Marzullo finished fifth (328.60) and senior Mike Neubacher finished sixth (318.50).
The `Noles capped the evening with a win in the 400 medley relay with a NCAA B qualifying time of 3:16.23.
“Brad Morrison had a great day swimming a new event,” Harper said. “He was good in the 500 free and had a nice lead-off for us. Then Rob just dove in and we went from fifth or sixth to first.”
The Seminole women began the evening with a victory in the 200 free relay. Freshmen Tiffany Oliver and Hannah Wilson and seniors Brittany Selts and C.J. Hendry swam an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:31.79. The spring group also had a successful showing in the 50 free led by Oliver who swam a lifetime best 22.71 in a third-place finish. Selts placed right behind in fourth in 22.83. Both times were NCAA B qualifying marks.
Junior Jessica Sabotin led the Garnet and Gold in the 200 individual medley with a sixth-place finish (2:02.10). Junior Stephanie Sarandos was eighth (2:02.58) and sophomore Jamie Barrett was ninth (2:02.86).
“We saw a team that was excited to compete and was positive,” Harper said of the women. “The majority of our swimmers reacted well to some rest so for the most part everyone was positive and we had a lot of great swims.
The meet continues on Saturday morning with finals beginning at 6:00 p.m. For live results and a meet recap each day, log onto www.seminoles.com.