Feb. 28, 2008
Atlanta, Ga.- The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team took over second-place at the 2008 ACC Championships with 208 points, 47 points ahead of third-place North Carolina.
“We knew we had some awesome and we didn’t want to take that for granted,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “It was a really good team effort tonight. The kids who weren’t swimming were cheering and our guys swam well.”
The Seminoles moved into second-place after the 50 freestyle when junior Scott Baker finished second with a personal best and NCAA “B” cut time of 19.73. The Lake Mary, Fla. native was the top seed heading into the final and out-touched everyone except for Virginia Tech’s Kaan Tayla who swam an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 19.50.
“It was a good race, Virginia Tech [Kaan Tayla] was amazing,” Baker said. “I thought that my turns were good, it was a great race and I can’t wait until next year.”
“That was a good way to finish the individual events,” Harper said. “It was a great race and [Scott] Baker did us proud. It was a great end to a great night.”
Florida State began the evening with a pair of personal bests in the 500 free. Freshman Ian Rowe finished in sixth place with a time of 4:25.15 and sophomore Nick Graves was right behind in seventh touching the wall in 4:25.37. Both swims are NCAA “B” qualifying times.
“The 500 free isn’t an event that most people consider FSU strong in,” Harper said. “It was good for Ian[Rowe] and Nick [Graves] to move up and pass a swimmer from North Carolina.”
The Florida State had three swimmers score points in the 200 individual medley led by sophomore Corey Swanson. The Tampa, Fla. native finished eighth touching the wall in a time of 1:51.16. In the consolation final freshmen Robby Hayes (1:50.09) and Matt Shead (1:50.30) finished 11th and 12th respectively for the Seminoles. Hayes’ time was a personal best.
“The 200 IM was good, Corey [Swanson] secured eighth place points for us which is good,” Harper said. “Robby [Hayes] was able to move up from 16th to 11th and Matt Shead got 12th. They both went faster which is what they are supposed to do.”
FSU finished off the evening with the 200 free relay finishing in sixth-place. The team of Baker, Swanson, Hayes and sophomore Dan Bradford touched the wall in a time of 1:20.23.
Florida State was awarded 58 points for the divers performance on the one-meter board from last weeks diving competition. Sophomore Terry Horner took first-place with a score of 393.15, junior Dan Frebel was fourth scoring 351.10 points and junior Scott Derner (308.70) and senior Alex Tilbrook (303.30) finished seventh and eighth respectively.
The 2008 ACC men’s swimming and diving championships continue Friday, February 29 as the Seminoles compete in the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley 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.