Oct. 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team finished the State of Florida Invite in second-place on Sunday. Both the men and women finished behind the University of Florida. The men scored 880 points while the women scored 847.5 points.
“I think the team did a nice job today,” head coach Neil Harper said. “The team morale was good and I’m really proud of everyone.”
The women were paced by sophomore Marissa Harrington who finished second in the 1650 free with a time of 17:02.58. Harrington was joined in the top eight by fellow sophomores Caroline Smith and Corey Allison who placed sixth and eighth respectively.
“I think they swam smart and they have done well with training,” Harper said. “They still have some tough weeks of training to go, but this is a good start.”
The Seminole women also placed three in the top eight in the 200 back led by All-ACC junior Stephanie Sarandos who touched in third (2:00.56). Freshman Ashley Hicks finished fourth and senior Holly Mills placed seventh. Freshman Tiffany Oliver led the sprint group finishing third in the 100 free in 51.32. Senior Brittany Selts finished fifth and Mills placed eighth. Sophomore Kristine Polley placed fifth in the 200 breast while senior C.J. Hendry and freshmen Julia Henkel and Jessica Bessire placed fourth, sixth and eighth in the 200 fly. Overall it was a good weekend for the newest batch of Seminoles.
“I thought that a couple of freshmen stepped up this weekend,” Harper said. “Julia and Tiffany definitely stood out, but they all swam well. They all gave a great effort and they weren’t scared or intimidated which bodes well for our team going forward.”
The men’s distance group fared well too with freshman Tyler Sell, junior Mateo DeAngulo and senior Ian Rowe placing third through fifth. Rowe finished his grueling double with a fourth-place finish in the 200 back. Sophomore Brad Morrison finished fifth and sophomore Mike Thomas touched in sixth.
“Ian gave it his best shot and swam a smart race it was a real sign of toughness,” Harper said. “I was also really pleased the men’s distance group.”
Fresh of his victory in the 100 free, freshman Mark Weber lead the sprint group with a fourth-place finish in the 100 free (46.11). Senior Robby Hayes was right behind in fifth and sophomore Trice Bailey was in seventh. Senior Matt Shead touched in fourth-place in the 200 breast while sophomore Taylor Harris finished sixth. Sophomore Danny Nguyen paced FSU in the 200 fly finishing fifth (1:52.69). Sophomore Mark Cox and Thomas placed seventh and eighth.
The Seminoles will compete in there first dual meet of the season on Friday afternoon in Boca Raton, Fla., against Florida Atlantic. For a meet preview and results log onto www.seminoles.com.