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Florida State Divers In Good Form In Inaugural Platform Diving Competition At 2008 ACC Championships

Feb. 23, 2008

Atlanta, Ga.- FSU diving continued to put its stamp on the 2008 ACC Championships putting two men into the inaugural platform diving finals Saturday afternoon while the women matched that effort with two of their own.

Junior Dan Frebel will be seeded second heading into the finals and senior teammate Alex Tilbrook is right behind him in third position.

“It felt really good, I did my first dive really well,” said Frebel. “Knowing that I can do better and improve my score and maybe win an ACC Title this year is good to know.” Aleia Monden started strong and used that to put herself into second place entering the finals. Sophomore Katie Sirounis also made it into the finals as the seven seed.

“I thought the girls did a great job and Aleia [Monden] really came alive,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “She does well on the platform because she doesn’t have to worry about the timing that the springboard entails.”

Platform diving finals will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the men’s competition.

In the pool, the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team want to take over second place at the 2008 ACC Championships, they will have to fight-off the wear-and-tear from a four day meet. FSU placed five swimmers in the finals and eight in the consolation finals Saturday morning giving the team a chance to surpass North Carolina for second.

“We looked really tired and some of our swimmers were a little sluggish,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We did get some good swims and we have everything to swim for tonight. We have to make sure we make the most of our opportunites.”

The Seminoles started the morning strong placing two swimmers into the 200 back finals and two more in the consolation finals. Freshman Holly Mills was FSU’s top performer in the event finishing fourth (2:00.38) and senior Kate Skaggs swam a season best 2:02.02 taking the eighth and final position in the finals. Freshman C.J. Hendry took the ninth position and will be the top seed in the consolation finals (2:02.25) and senior Stacy Rademacher will be seeded 13th (2:03.44).

“We would have hoped to have three in the finals,” Harper said. “So we’ll have to win the consolations and push for some medals in the finals.”

In the 100 free senior Abbie King swam a personal best time of 50.01 to advance to the finals in the fourth position. Sophomores Kylsie Grimes (50.76) and Stevi Steinhauer (50.81) both made the consolation finals in 11th and 14th positions respectively.

“Abbie [King] had a great swim, that was her fastest morning swim,” Harper said. “She’s got a really fun swim for her tonight.”

Fresh off her victory in the 100 fly, senior Lauren Sparg will have the opportunity to finish on the podium once again. Sparg will be seeded fourth behind three Virginia swimmers headed into the evening finals. Senior Lindsay Kenney will swim in the consolation finals after swimming a 2:02.84 that puts her in 11th place and sophomore Tiffany Elias was grabbed the last position finishing 16th (2:04.93).

“Lauren’s got some speed there, she thinks she can go faster,” Harper said. “She swam a smart race and she’s swimming lights out [this week] so we’re excited about that.”

The Seminoles put another swimmer into finals in the 100 breaststroke. Junior Georgia Holderness is seeded fourth swimming a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 2:16.98. Junior Kylen Huntwork (2:20.19) and freshman Lowri Tynan (2:21.25) will swim in the consolation finals placing 11th and 15th respectively.

“Lowri [Tynan] looked really tired and so did Kylen [Huntwork], but fortunately they will get to swim tonight,” Harper said. “Georgia [Holderness] had some bad technique and she needs to fix those things to compete tonight.”

Florida State will be back in action Saturday, February 23 in the final day of the ACC Championships. The Seminoles will compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 freestyle relay. Divers will compete on the platform. You can watch your Seminoles in action every evening by logging on to www.accselect.com at 7:00 p.m. For results visit www.seminoles.com.

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