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Florida State Diving Begins 2008 ACC Championships In Dominating Fashion

Feb. 21, 2008

Atlanta, Ga.- The Florida State divers took to the boards Thursday afternoon and delivered a powerful performance. The Seminole men qualified all four of its divers for finals on the three-meter while the women put two through to the finals.

Sophomore Terry Horner qualified second with a score of 378.10 while junior Scott Derner finished in third position (342.70). Junior Dan Frebel took the fifth seed scoring 328.5 points and senior Alex Tilbrook rounded out the FSU qualifiers in sixth position (318.25).

“You can never have a better day than that,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “We still have to perform well in the finals and we will be diving before some of the best, we’ll see what happens.

For the women, freshman Katherine Adham finished with her best two dives of the afternoon to qualify in fourth place on the one-meter (261.20) and sophomore Aleia Monden took the last qualifying spot with a score of 246.60. Sophomore Katie Sirounis just missed out on the finals finishing ninth (245.55).

“Kat [Adham] did a great job, she’s gamer and really performed well under pressure,” Jeffrey said. “Aleia [Monden] did a great job, she’s settling down in meets and diving a lot better under pressure.”

The diving finals begin Thursday evening with the men’s three-meter at 5:15.

In the pool,the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team started the first day of individual events at the 2008 ACC Championships with numerous personal bests and eight swimmers in the consolation finals.

“It didn’t exactly how we wanted it to this morning, but we did have some girls who swam really well,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We have to realize that we have to get our game on in the morning so that we can have as many opportunities in the finals as possible.”

In the last event of the morning, Florida State placed five swimmers in the consolation finals of the 50 free. Sophomore Stevi Steinhauer was the fastest Seminole clocking in with a time of 23.19 to finish ninth overall and garnering the top seed in the consolation final. Senior Abbie King was right behind her swimming a 23.23 placing 10th. Both times are NCAA “B” qualifying times. Senior Lauren Sparg finds herself seeded 11th in the consolation finals winning her heat (23.23) and freshman Brittany Selts is seeded 14th after swimming a 23.44 in her morning heat. Rounding out the group, sophomore Kylsie Grimes will be seeded 15th as she won her heat in a time of 23.47. All five swimmers clocked in with personal bests.

“They all swam well, they all did best times, but the event was a lot faster this year,” Harper said. “It was a big boost, we needed that this morning and I’m excited for all of those girls.”

In the 500 freestyle, freshman Jocelyn Phillips continued her hot start to the meet swimming a personal best and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 4:51.87 to finish ninth making her the top seed in the consolation final. Junior Georgia Holderness also swam her way into the consolation final with a NCAA “B” qualifying time, finishing 13th (4:53.91). Senior Elise Hatfield and junior Meredith Martelle finished first and second respectively in their preliminary heat. Hatfield touched the wall in a personal best time of 4:56.43 finishing 17th while Martelle finished in a season best 4:57.81 placing her 19th. Freshman Holly Mills finished in 20th place overall with a time of 4:58.18.

“Jocelyn [Phillps] posted an unbelievable time and Georgia [Holderness] got in there as well,” Harper said. “Those two will really battle for us in the consolations tonight.”

In the 200 individual medley freshman Lowri Tynan touched the wall in a time of 2:04.80 placing her in the consolation finals seeded 15th. Junior Kelly Dean turned in a personal best time of 2:08.42.

Florida State will be back in the pool Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. as the Seminoles will compete in the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free and 200 free relay. Diving will also have its first competition as the women compete on the one-meter board. To watch highlights from the Seminoles first day of action log onto www.accselect.com and for meet results visit www.seminoles.com.

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