Sept. 19, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team got its first taste of the new $10.5 million Morcom Aquatic Center Friday afternoon with the Seminoles season opening scrimmage the FSU Pentathlon.
“Our kids got after it and it was a fun time,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “They raced hard and it has been a hard week of work. I’m excited at how they responded and raced some of their times looked pretty good for this time of the season.”
FSU swimmers broke three Pentathlon records beginning with freshman Stephanie Sarandos in the 100 backstroke. Sarandos touched the wall in 57.18, .01 faster than former Seminole Romy Altmann back in 2005. During the next race, junior Andy Hodgson broke the men’s 100 back record swimming a 50.31 to top Rob Braknis by nearly a half of second. In the days final event, redshirt senior Kyle Young set the Pentathlon record in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.22 besting Steve Parry by more than a second.
“We started off with some fast swims and hopefully we can continue to do that every meet,” Harper said. “What we realized today is that we’ve got some people who can win some events and we also saw a lot of depth.”
The FSU Pentathlon consists of swimmers competing in five events: the 50 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast and 200 free. The swimmer who has the highest combined score in those events is the winner. This year sophomore C.J. Hendry and Hodgson took home the title for Florida State.
“They were good in the majority of the events and that’s encouraging,” Harper said. “The good thing is some people were very close to them and what we like to see.”
Florida State will officially dedicate the Morcom Aquatic Center on Saturday, September 19, at 10:a.m. After the ceremony the Seminoles will host their annual Alumni meet. For a recap of the mornings events log onto www.seminoles.com.