Feb. 18, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State divers stole the show on Friday at the 2011 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Garnet and Gold placed seven out of a possible 16 in the top eight of both the men’s and women’s events, earning three All-ACC accolades in the process. The women remain in third-place with 294 points entering the final day of competition.
“I couldn’t have dreamed up a better outcome,” diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Four guys and three girls in the finals, three on the podium with such a deep field. I’m just really proud of my athletes.”
The Seminole men opened things up by placing four divers in the top eight. Senior Landon Marzullo earned his second consecutive silver medal placing second with a six dive score of 402.90. The Columbus, Ohio native was joined on the podium by senior Jordan Horsley who placed third with a score of 368.10. The third-place finish earned him first career All-ACC honor. Brothers Mike and Tom Neubacher placed sixth (358.80) and seventh (349.05) respectively.
“Landon and Jordan in particular were very gratifying for me,” Jeffrey said. “Landon really settled down and this was really Jordan’s last chance to earn All-ACC honors and it was really nice to see that happen.”
On the three-meter junior Lisi Rowland earned her second-consecutive third-place medal with an All-ACC and school record breaking performance. Rowland’s six dive total of 365.65 broke the school record by less than a point. Freshman Kelsey Goodman earned fourth (314.35) and senior Katherine Adham placed sixth (308.60) to complete the divers stellar day.
“Lisi really went after it and made a lot of great corrections,” Jeffrey said. “She’s a beautiful diver when everything comes together and it did tonight and I’m proud of her. Having one of your athletes break a school record is amazing.”
The Seminoles found their greatest success in the pool in the 400 individual medley. Junior Jessica Sabotin turned in a sixth-place performance with a time of 4:15.51 while freshman Julia Henkel touched in seventh (4:18.09). Freshman McKayla Lightbourn swam a personal best time of 4:17.54 to take 11th and junior Charlotte Broadbent finished in 12th (4:22.04).
“Jessica and Julia did a nice job in finals of the 400 IM,” head coach Neil Harper said. “I also thought McKayla and Charlotte did well in the consolation final.”
In the 100 fly senior C.J. Hendry posted a 13th-place finish with a time of 54.68. Fellow senior Holly Mills also turned in a 13th-place showing in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.36. Freshman Tiffany Oliver earned a 17th-place finish with a personal best time of 1:47.55. Junior Tori Richmond touched the wall in 12th position in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.32. Finishing out the individual events was junior Stephanie Sarandos who placed 11th in the 100 back (54.86).
“We had a lot of swims tonight,” Harper said. “I thought all of our girls in the consolation heats swam very well.”
The 400 medley relay saw the team of Sarandos, Richmond, Hendry and Oliver get disqualified for an early takeoff.
“We’ve got to recover from that disqualification because we have some of our best events tomorrow,” Harper said. “We need to be a great team and challenge all of the girls to dig in and swim fast in the morning.”
Preliminary rounds of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free begin on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. The prelims for the men’s and women’s platform will begin Saturday afternoon. For live results visit www.seminoles.com or follow us on twitter at FSU_swimming. Live video will begin during finals at 7:00 p.m.