Feb. 27, 2008
Atlanta, Ga.- Florida State men’s swimming and diving began the defense of its 2007 ACC Title on Wednesday evening at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. in fourth place after the first two events of the 2008 ACC Championhips. FSU is tied for third with North Carolina with 60 points six points behind second-place Georgia Tech.
“Tonight the guys got to see their teammates and the people they train with perform well and I think that gives them a shot in the arm,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “The rest of them are excited to get going tomorrow and get things going in the morning so we have fast swims at night.”
The meet began with a bang for the Seminoles with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of senior Ian Powell, freshman Matt Shead, sophomore Corey Swanson and junior Scott Baker touched the wall in a time of 1:27.62. FSU was in fifth place heading into the anchor leg, but Baker brought the Seminoles home swimming a 19.00 split to give the team second place.
“If someone told me that we would have finished second in the medley relay before the meet I would have taken that,” Harper said. “The guys swam really smart races, had great exchanges and let everyone know FSU’s on.”
“We are young in this event and we don’t have much experience,” Harper said. “The effort was good, the splits were good and I’m excited.”
The 2008 men’s swimming and diving championships continue Thursday, February 28 as the Seminoles compete in the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free and 200 free relay. You can watch Florida State defend its title live on www.accselect.com every evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. For meet results visit www.seminoles.com.