Dec. 3, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming team will send a contingent of athletes to the 2008 ConocoPhillips USA Short Course National Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center from December 4-6.
“This is a great chance for some of our swimmers to see where they rank,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “They’ll get to find out how the training they’ve been doing is paying off. They’ll rest a little bit and see how fast they can go.”
Times at the national championships will count towards NCAA qualification so the Seminoles will be looking to put up fast times in Atlanta. The men will attempt to qualify several of their relays as well as earn automatic qualifying standards in individual events for the NCAA meet.
“That’s the main reason we’re going, to nail down some of those qualifying times early,” junior Andy Hodgson said. “That way we’ll be ahead going into the next training phase and we’ll know in the back of our minds we have those times.”
The Garnet and Gold will be up against several athletes who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, led by gold medalists Cullen Jones, Ryan Lochte and Garrett Weber-Gale. The meet will be the first post-Olympic competition for many of these athletes.
“There is no doubt about it, this meet is going to be fast,” senior Georgia Holderness said. “All of the best swimmers are coming to this meet and it will probably be the fastest meet since the Olympics, it’s going to be exciting.”
The meet begins on Thursday, December 4 with prelims each day starting at 9:30 a.m., and finals beginning at 6:00 p.m. For a recap on how Florida State fared at the meet log onto www.seminoles.com.