Nov. 14, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Florida State swimming and diving team opened its tri-meet with Virginia and Penn State Friday evening in Charlottesville, Va., with a school record-breaking performance and a NCAA provisional qualifying time. The Seminole men lead No. 15 Penn State 111.5-74.5 and trail No. 12 Virginia 104-82. The women trail the No. 19 Nittany Lions 101-85 and the No. 13 Cavaliers 119-57.
“I’m excited how we are swimming at this point in the season,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We’re getting some season best times it’s just that the majority of the opposition is swimming faster. We can only control our times which have been great.”
Junior diver Terry Horner once again broke his own school record on the one-meter board with a six dive total of 423.75. The 2008 U.S. National Champion’s previous mark was 410.70. Horner’s score is better than any mark that the NCAA has on record (only keep records for Championships). The Seminoles also took home second and third-place honors on the one-meter with seniors Dan Frebel and Scott Derner finishing second and third respectively. Frebel won the three-meter with a score of 334.60.
“Terry was determined after a sub-par performance on the three-meter,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “I think he was upset about that and it really fueled his desire to dive well on the one-meter. He did some of the best dives I’ve seen him do.”
In the pool redshirt senior Kyle Young paced the men with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 4:23.91 in his first place finish in the 500 free. In the 100 breast the Garnet and Gold took home three of the top six positions paced by junior Scott Thacker’s first-place finish in the 100 breast (55.96) while sophomore Matt Shead took third (56.93). Junior Andy Hodgson continued his outstanding season with a season’s best time in the 200 back winning the event with a time of 1:46.32
“That was a great time and Kyle being an All-American he swam a smart race,” Harper said. “He did a great job and ended up beating last year’s ACC Champion. For Scott to swim a smart race and out touch an ACC Champion and All-American was a good shot in the arm for us. Andy went out fast and was able to hold on to beat the NCAA Champion in that event (Patrick Schirk).
On the women’s side the Garnet and Gold went one-two-three on both the one-meter and three-meter boards. Junior Katie Sirounis took top honors on the one-meter (284.30) and second on the three-meter and freshman Lisi Rowland was victorious on the three-meter (283.30) and second on the one-meter. Sophomore Katherine Adham was third on the one-meter and junior Aleia Monden was third on the three-meter.
“Both Lisi and Katie were very sold and Kat scrapped her way into third place,” Jeffrey said. “I was very happy all around, the kids handled themselves well this evening.”
In the pool Florida State’s best performance came from freshman Stephanie Sarandos who swam a collegiate best 1:58.96 in her second-place finish in the 200 back. Three Seminoles took home fourth-place finishes. Senior Georgia Holderness in the 100 breast (1:04.77), sophomore Holly Mills in the 500 free (4:53.27) and sophomore C.J. Hendry in the 200 fly (2:02.12).
“Holly’s 500 was close to a best time and to do that in November speaks volumes for her,” Harper said. “I thought Stephanie had a great 200 back and that time wins most meets.
Florida State will conclude the tri-meet against Virginia and Penn State on Saturday morning beginning at 11:00 a.m. For results and a meet recap log onto www.seminoles.com.