Nov. 20, 2005
Atlanta, Ga. – The Florida State men’s (No. 15) and women’s (No. 16) swimming and diving teams, both wrapped up first place finishes at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The men finished with 1278 points, and were followed by Georgia Tech (833), West Kentucky (711) and Florida Atlantic (565). The women completed the meet with 1076.50 points, in front of GT (572), FAU (534.50), Rice (516), WKU (458), Miami (287), Gardner-Webb (284) and New Orleans (66).
“We are real excited about the way that we performed this weekend,” said head coach Neil Harper. “I’m really happy with what we did. We are coming off a great weekend of swimming and now we are going to focus on Florida. We are going to get some rest then head to Gainesville and see what we can do.”
Junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) made Florida State history for the second day in a row. After setting a school record in the 100 back yesterday with a time of 55.43, she set the school record in the 200 back with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 1:58.65 and in the process took first place.
“It is a great feeling,” said Harper. “Romy (Altmann) has been working really hard. She has had a whole year here and is confident in what she can do. She has trained well and is back in the zone. It is just working and she having fun doing it.”
Senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) set a school record of her own earlier in the day as swam an NCAA A qualifying standard time of 49.32 in the 100 free prelims. In the finals, Ellis picked up the win with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 49.77.
Freshman Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va.) took first place in the 200 breast with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of the 2:16.69 while sophomore Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) won the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.67.
Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) got the men started as he took the 1650 free with an NCAA B qualifying time of 15:16.72. Sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) picked up a win in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.12. Senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.) claimed first place in the 100 free with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 44.29. Sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) then swam another NCAA B qualifying standard time for the Seminoles as he took first in the 200 breast in 1:59.56. Sophomore Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) won the 200 fly in 1:48.29.
In platform diving, freshman Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished in first place for the Seminoles with 356.85 points.
Florida State concluded the meet by taking first place in the men’s 400 free relay. FSU’s team of seniors Roycik and Stephan Connor (Burr Ridge, Ill.), junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) swam an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 2:58.26.
“The guys were just solid all-around,” said Harper.
Florida State took first place in 36 of 42 events at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
The Seminoles will be back in action at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 in Gainesville when they close out their fall season against Florida.