Feb. 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will travel to College Park, Md., for the 2009 ACC Championships from February 18-21. You can watch all of the action beginning at 7:00 p.m., each evening on ACC Select.
“I’m very confident in the work we’ve done and I think they are too,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We’re looking forward to getting up there and competing. This team loves to race and with our tough schedule this season the teams we face at the ACC’s shouldn’t be more difficult than what we have already faced.”
The Seminoles (7-7, 2-2) enter the meet well rested and ready to swim their fastest times of the year. With FSU and most of its competition wearing Speedo’s new technology of suits, times will faster than ever and school and conference records are expected to fall early and often. The competition level has also been raised in the ACC with the conference getting stronger over the last five seasons.
“Improvement is a must on our team because the girls who were top eight last year won’t be a top eight this year because the league is a lot more competitive,” Harper said. “There is more talent than ever before and the ACC had upped their levels, but I think we have too.”
Sophomore Jocelyn Phillips will enter the meet as the top seed in the 200 free. The Napa, Calif., native broke the school record in the same event at last years Championships and along with her teammates, looks to have another strong performance this season.
“We have some individuals who can step up and get themselves on the All-ACC team,” Harper said. “If this team fires on all cylinders then I think we will surprise some teams.”
Both the men’s and women’s divers will compete this week as well. The meet will boast three divers who will represent their respective countries this summer at the World Championships led by FSU junior Terry Horner. The Seminole’s also return two-time All-ACC performer, senior Dan Frebel and one and three-meter finalist, senior Scott Derner. On the women’s side, NCAA Honorable Mention All-American, junior Aleia Monden will compete for the Garnet and Gold as well as a pair of finalists from last years competition, junior Katie Sirounis and sophomore Katherine Adham. As always, the divers are expected to score well for Florida State.
“This year we’ve done a little bit different training,” junior diver Melanie Cabassol said. “We feel really good and our teammates have been psyching us up and I think we are ready to go, especially since we’ve been training at our brand new facility all year.”
The meet will begin Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m., with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. You can watch all of the action on ACC select beginning on Thursday at http://www.nmnathletics.com//mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32900&id=.