Feb. 29, 2008
Atlanta, Ga.- The Florida State Swimming and diving team dropped to third-place going into the final day of the 2008 ACC Championships in Atlanta. FSU has 377 points, 25 points behind second-place North Carolina.
“Things didn’t really go our way this morning, but our guys swam well this evening,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “That gap between us and UNC is definitely attainable and hopefully we’ll tip the scales again and come out ready to go.”
The Seminoles best showing of the evening came from Matt Shead. The freshman placed fourth in the 100 breast in a personal best and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 55.10. FSU also had a strong showing in the consolation final with sophomore Scott Thacker winning his heat in a blistering personal best of 54.81. The swim was good enough for 9th place and sophomore Corey Swanson took home 13th place clocking in at 56.24.
“This is Matt’s [Shead] first conference and he’s got a lot to learn,” Harper said. “He was relaxed, but he got too relaxed and let the field get ahead of him. He did a good job coming back to get fourth and Scott [Thacker] had a disappointing swim this morning, but came back and got max points.”
The 400 medley relay ended the evening with the Seminole team of Powell, Shead, Swanson and junior Scott Baker finishing fourth in a season best time and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 3:17.34.
Florida State had two scorers in the 400 individual medley. Sophomore Shawn Erickson finished 13th in a time of 3:57.52 and freshman Rob Holderness swam a person best 3:59.16 to take home 14th place.
Senior Ian Powell swam in a pair of consolation finals on the evening. Powell began his evening with a 13th place finish in the 100 fly in a time of 48.83. In the 100 back, the senior once again placed 13th touching the wall in 49.65.
“It was a great day of work for him,” Harper said. “That’s what he’s trained for and we needed points in those events and he got it done.”
Sophomore Dan Bradford improved his position in the 200 free finishing second in the consolation final to finish 10th overall in a time personal best time of 1:39.02.
The divers once again put Florida State in position to stay near the top of the leaderboard placing all four competitors in the top eight on the three-meter. Sophomore Terry Horner was the winner of the event (399.35) and junior Dan Frebel finished second (3.84.55). Junior Scott Derner was fifth (328.55) and Alex Tilbrook (321.45) was sixth. In total the divers accounted for 64 points on the three-meter.
The 2008 ACC men’s swimming and diving championships will conclude Saturday, March 1 as the Seminoles compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 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.