March 1, 2008
Atlanta, Ga.- The Florida State swimming and diving team finished the 2008 ACC Championships with several strong races earning three bronze medals and landing the Seminoles in third place overall. FSU scored 524 points to finish in third 36 points behind second-place North Carolina. Virginia ran away with the title with 833 points.
The first event of the evening was easily the most grueling of the meet, the 1650 free. Freshman Ian Rowe finished on the medal podium in third with a season best time of 15:06.93. Sophomore Nick Graves was right less than a second behind in fourth (15:07.51) and sophomore Shawn Erickson cracked the top 10 touching the wall in 15:34.21 good enough for 10th place. Less than 10 minutes after the completion of the mile, Rowe gutted out a 16th place finish in the 200 back touching the wall in 1:51.81.
In the 200 breaststroke freshman Rob Holderness came from fifth place in the final 50 yards to take home a bronze medal finishing third 1:59.33. In the consolation final sophomore Scott Thacker won the heat earning 9th place points (1:59.36) and freshman Matt Shead took home 15th (2:03.42).
Senior Ian Powell earned another come-from-behind podium finish in the 200 fly. Powell started sixth and worked his way through the field to earn third-place in a personal best and the second fastest time in Florida State history 1:46.11.
In the final event of the meet the team of junior Jimmy Holway, Baker, sophomore Dan Bradford and Hayes finished fourth in the 400 free with a time of 2:57.59.
Once again the divers scored major points for the Seminoles, this time on the platform. Junior Dan Frebel shattered the school record placing second with a score of 395.20 points. Senior Alex Tilbrook finished fourth with 323.45 points, junior Scott Derner placed ninth (273.75) and sophomore Terry Horner finished 14th (212.55).
Next up for Florida State will be the NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier in Auburn, Ala. The Seminole divers will be competing on the one-meter, three-meter and platform from March 12-13.