Feb. 27, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State men’s swimming team positioned themselves for a terrific evening with a pair of school records and a number of personal bests on the third day of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in College Park, Md.
“We came to race this morning and the meet was very fast,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We’ve got a lot of people with second swims so we have everything to swim for this evening.”
Fifth-year senior Kyle Young broke another school record this time in the 400 individual medley. The Oviedo, Fla., native will be seeded seventh in the finals after touching the wall in a NCAA provisional time of 3:49.01. Junior Shawn Erickson also earned a second swim placing 13th in a personal best time of 3:53.86.
The Seminoles will have three swimmers in the finals and one in the consolation finals in the 100 breast. Sophomore Rob Holderness qualified fifth with a personal best 53.97. Junior Scott Thacker touched in seventh position with a 54.08 and Swanson will be in lane eight after going 54.18. Sophomore Matt Shead will be in the consolation final in 10th-place (54.53). All four times are NCAA provisional times.
“I was excited to get four in the top 10 this morning,” Harper said. “It was a great performance, they’ve been training hard all year and that will be fun race to watch tonight.”
Junior Andy Hodgson lowered his school record in the 200 free and earned the fourth position with a NCAA provisional mark of 1:35.20. Junior Stephen Pendleton (1:57.90) and fifth-year senior Ed Denton (1:38.04) both made the consolation final earning 15th and 16th position.
In the last event of the morning Hodgson made his second final of the day placing fifth in the 100 back with a time of 48.11 which is a personal best and NCAA provisional time.
“My hat is off to both Andy and Corey for making it back in two events,” Harper said. “Andy’s double is extremely tough, but he did what he needed to do to make the finals in both.”
Finals in the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay begin at 7:00 p.m. Live stats and live streaming video on ACC Select beginning at 7:00 p.m., are available at www.seminoles.com.