Feb. 16, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C. –
Florida State swimming and diving captured titles in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, and 400-yard medley relay. With three days complete, the Seminoles trail host North Carolina by 52 points. Their total of 445 points is over 100 clear of 3rd place Virginia.
Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) and Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) swept the top of the podium in the 100-yard butterfly. Raleigh touched the wall in a time of 53.00 seconds, setting new a new meet record, a new school record, successfully defending her 2006 title and automatically qualifying her for NCAA Nationals. Sparg finished in second to earn All-ACC honors with a time of 53.28, also eclipsing the previous meet and school record. With the time, Lauren will compete at the NCAA nationals in the event. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Pheonix Arizona) finished in 12th in a time of 56.38 seconds.
Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) won the most thrilling race of the night to claim the ACC Championship in the 100-yard backstroke. Her time of 55.14 was an NCAA “B” cut and a new school record. She won by three one hundereths of a second. Junior Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.) placed 11th in the event with a time of 57.12.
Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) won her third consecutive 100-yard breaststroke title by swimming a 1:00.57, an NCAA “A” cut. Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) placed fourth with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:02.81. Freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) rounded out the three Seminoles in the final as she finished eighth with a time of 1:03.91.
The 400-yard medley relay team turned in a conference record time of 3:39.15 to provisionally qualify for NCAA nationals in the event. The team consisted of Altmann, Brick, Sparg and Raleigh. The title is the fourth career and second of the night for Altmann. Brick earns her sixth career ACC Championship and third of the meet. The title is the fourth for Sparg, and the tenth for Raleigh who is one title shy of tying Emma Dutton for the school record in ACC championships with eleven.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Altmann made her opening swim of the night to finish fourth in an NCAA “B” cut time 56.38. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) turned in a seventh place finish in a tie of 1:50.39. Junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) swam an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:50.21 to place 11th.
In diving, freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) placed fifth on the three-meter board with a score of 280.65. Freshman Aleia Monden (Honolulu, Hawaii) earned 252.20 points to finish in 12th place. Sophomore Carissa Hanna (Churchville, Pa.) finished 13th with 239.20 points.
In the men’s one meter diving event, Florida State placed two divers in the top eight. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.)finished fifth with a score of 325.80. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) placed seventh with 319.20 points. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) failed to make the finals and finished in ninth place with 293.85 points. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) finished in 12th place, scoring team points with a score of 267.45. Senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished in 20th place with a score of 235.05.
The final day of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. Platform diving will take place beginning at 10:00 am from the Taishoff Aquatic Center at Duke University. The first three heats of the 1650-yard Freestyle will start at 5:00, with the fourth final taking place as a part of the night session. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select.