Feb. 21, 2008
Atlanta, Ga.- The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team used a strong evening of swims plus a pair of outstanding diving performances to put themselves in third place at the 2008 ACC Championships in Atlanta, Ga. FSU has 181.5 points 32.5 points ahead of fourth place Clemson.
“It was a good team effort,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We have to come back with a little more intensity tomorrow morning, we have some good events. We have a lot to look forward to tomorrow.”
The Seminoles had another strong showing on the diving board taking the fourth and sixth positions. Freshman Kat Adham in her ACC Championships debut scored 266.00 points taking fourth and sophomore Aleia Monden grabbed sixth place scoring 253.05. Adham’s result is the best individual finish for FSU at the 2008 ACC Championships. Sophomore Katie Sirounis also scored for the Seminoles with a ninth place finish.
“Katherine [Adham] had her best meet of the year and she’s really starting to get it,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Aleia [Monden] looked really relaxed and had some great starts on her dives. In the biggest meet of the year she really set herself up well.”
Once again FSU scored strong on a relay finishing fourth in the 200 free relay. The team of sophomore Stevi Steinhauer, seniors Abbie King and Lauren Sparg and sophomore Kylsie Grimes finished with a time of 1:31.97.
Florida State’s best result in the pool came in the consolation final of the 50 free where FSU took the top three positions. Steinhauer won the heat (9th overall) touching the wall in 23.22 and the duo of Grimes and Sparg tied for second (10th place overall) as both swimmers finished in a time of 23.25. All three of the times are NCAA “B” qualifying times. Florida State had two other swimmers in the 50 free consolations. King (23.42) and freshman Brittany Selts (23.52) finished sixth and seventh (14th and 15th overall) respectively.
“The 50 free was just a splash and dash,” Harper said. “We really did dominate consolation finals tonight.”
In the 500 free freshman Jocelyn Phillips (Napa, Cali.) came from behind in the last 100 yards to out-touch a swimmer from Clemson to win the consolation final in a personal best time of 4:49.28. Phillips’ time is the second fastest in FSU history and earned the team nine points for her overall finish of ninth. Junior Georgia Holderness finished fifth in the consolation final (13th overall) touching the wall in 4:54.04. In the bonus consolation final junior Caroline Robertson won the heat (4:54.39 ) while senior Kate Skaggs finished (5:01.80).
“It was fun to watch Jocelyn [Phillips] beat her time by a lot more in her evening swim,” Harper said. “That coupled with Georgia’s swim really gave us some momentum.”
Freshman Lowri Tynan took three seconds off her prelim swim in the 200 individual medley to win the consolation heat. Tynan swam a personal best and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 2:01.83 to give the Seminoles nine more crucial points.
Action continues on Friday, February 22 with the Seminoles compete in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay. The women’s diving team will compete on the three-meter while the men dive on the one-meter board. You can watch the Seminoles compete for the ACC title each evening on www.accselect.com beginning at 7:00 p.m. For meet results, log onto www.seminoles.com.