Feb. 15, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C. –
The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the second day of the 2007 ACC Championships in the same position that they began, in second place, but now with 200 points. The Seminoles still trail host North Carolina, but now by a 62 point margin.
Sophomore sprinter Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) won her second consecutive ACC title in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA “A” cut time of 22.67. This is the eighth ACC gold medal for Raleigh and her second of the meet.
“Christie did what she wanted to do, and what we are accustomed to seeing her do,” commented head coach Neil Harper. “She had a good preliminary swim, but then stepped it up to win the race. We were all excited for her and that was another positive moment for our team to get excited about.”
In addition to Raleigh’s championship swim, three other Seminoles placed in the points in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished in sixth position with a time of 23.44. Junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) both scored points in the consolation final with 11th and 16th place finishes. King finished in an NCAA “B” cut time of 23.37. Grimes’ time of 23.61 was just shy of NCAA standards.
Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) claimed All-ACC honors and the silver medal in a dramatic come from behind performance that saw her tied for last place early in the race. Guyler’s kick proved to be pivotal as she closed the deficit to finish in second place in a time of 4:49.98. Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) placed second in the consolation final to give her a 10th place finish and seven points towards the team results. Her time of 4:40.96 bettered her preliminary time by over four seconds.
“For a freshamn, she swam a real smart race,” added head coach Harper. “Strategy is everything, in the sprints you have to give everything from the gun. In the 500, that’s a long way and you can’t go off to hard. I think she swam her race, she knows what she is good at and what she’s got to do. She paced it well, she was in eighth after the 50 (yards). But, we knew that she had a strong finish and she picked them off a 50 and 100 at a time. That was a great first day for her as a freshman, and a real boost for us as a team.”
Freshman diver Aleia Monden (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished fourth in the women’s one-meter diving event with a score of 273.60. Freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) finished in 11th place with a score of 244.80 in the preliminary round. Sophomore Carissa Hanna (Churchville, Pa.) made a good showing with a score of 219.60 to finish in 17th place, one position out of the points.
The final event of the night was the most exciting. The Seminole squad in the 200-yard freestyle relay finished in second place in a school record, NCAA “B” cut time of 1:31.12, a mere three-one hundereths of a second off the winning time put in by Clemson. Brick, Grimes,King and Raleigh turned in the All-ACC performance.
The men’s diving team put all five divers in the points paying places for the three-meter diving event. Freshman Terry Horner (Orlando, Fla.) won his first All-ACC honor by scoring 398.90 points in a runner up performance on the three meter board. Junior Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) matched his 2006 performance on the three-meter board with a fourth place finish. Tilbrook’s score of 363.10 is his highest total of the season. Sophomore Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed seventh in the final with 342.68 points. Sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored 303.65 points in the preliminary round to nab him the 12th place. Senior Derek Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed 15th with 270.80 points, it is the highest finish for Jones in his career at he ACC Championships.
“I think that for us, our team depth will come through for us tomorrow (day three) and on day four,” added head coach Harper. “We realize that North Carolina is the home team, and they are doing well; and that’s good for them. We didn’t win the championship last year for nothing. We won a battle last year with Clemson and Virginia. We’re excited now, we’ve sort of woken up and realized that we are swimming and competing well. I think tomorrow will be a big day for us to see if we can claw back and get closer to the top.”
Day three of the 2007 ACC Championships begins at 11:00 at Koury Natatorium with preliminary races in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Diving preliminaries will begin at 1:00 with men’s one-meter, followed at 2:45 with the women’s three-meter. Finals will begin at 7:00 and can be seen live on ACC Select.