Feb. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State swimming and diving team began day two of the ACC Championships with a slew of personal best times and six swimmer earning consolation final swims.
“It was a good morning where we swam a lot of best times which is what we came for,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We also had some best times that didn’t make it back because of how competitive this meet is. The first day is not our strongest day, but we had some great performances and we’re looking forward to tonight.”
In the 500 free sophomores Jocelyn Phillips and Holly Mills both earned a second swims placing 14th (4:49.69) and 15th (4:50.90) respectively. Junior Jen Guyler will swim in the bonus consolations with a season best time of 4:55.54.
In the 200 Individual medley the Seminoles best performance came from freshman Jessica Sabotin who will be seeded 11th after touching the wall in 2:00.69 which is a NCAA provisional time. Freshman Stephanie Sarandos also qualified for the consolation heat with her 13th-place finish (2:01.42). Senior Georgia Holderness just missed out on the consolations heat finishing 17th (2:02.27).
“It’s always good when you have freshman earning second swims,” Harper said. “This isn’t Jessica or Stephanie’s best event so that is a good omen for both of them.”
The final event of the morning saw junior Shanda Casella and sophomore Brittany Selts qualifying for the consolation final in the 50 free. Casella touched the wall in 23.01 while Selts finished in 23.02. Both times are personal bests.
The Florida State divers begin competition this afternoon as the men compete on the three-meter and the women compete on the one-meter. Finals for the 500 free, 200 individual medley and 50 free begin at 7:00 p.m. For live stats and a link to ACC Select to watch all the action log onto www.seminoles.com.