Oct. 21, 2006
DALLAS – The No. 14 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team finished in second place by just ten points at the SMU Women’s Classic. No. 7 SMU won the tournament with 328 points and was followed by No. 14 FSU (318), No. 13 Wisconsin (288), Virginia Tech (253), Alabama (258) and LSU (229).
“We were only ten points behind SMU who was ranked seventh in the country,” said head coach Neil Harper. “I think we did really well and we have been training very hard. We did not come in a day early. We flew in the day of the meet yesterday and swam tired but competed well. I was just real proud of the team effort.”
In the final event of the night, the 200 free relay, the Seminole team of sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.), freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) and seniors Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and Romy Altmann (Capetown, South Africa) recorded valuable points for Florida State winning the race with a time of 1:34.16.
Florida State also had a strong showing during the 400 free relay as the team of Altmann, Raleigh, sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) and freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished second with a time of 3:26.98.
Raleigh came up big for the Seminoles once again as she won the 100 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 50.69. Along with the 100 free, Raleigh won the 50 free and 100 fly on Friday.
Also recording an NCAA “B” cut time for FSU was Altmann who finished third in the 200 back in 2:01.60.
Freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii), who won the 1M on Friday, followed that performance up with a second place finish on the 3M with a six dive score of 259.
Elias was the Seminoles’ top finisher in the 200 fly (2:03.09) as she finished second and junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) was the Seminoles’ top finisher in the 500 free (5:02.39) as she finished fifth.
Holderness was a key point scorer for FSU as she was the team’s top finisher in the 200 breast and 200 IM. She finished third in the 200 breast (2:18.41) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:06.74).
The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will be back in action on Oct. 27 when they travel to Coral Gables, Fla. for a dual meet against Miami at 4:00 p.m.