Feb. 22, 2008
Atlanta, Ga.- The Florida State women’s swimming and diving started the third day of the 2008 ACC Championships in Atlanta, Ga. Strong putting four swimmers in the finals of individual events including a NCAA automatic qualifying time and a top seed in the finals in the 100 butterfly.
“We certainly did better than yesterday, some people stepped up that we didn’t expect to get into the finals,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We have a lot to fight for and now we’re in finals and we can race at night and see if we can move up.”
In the 100 butterfly senior Lauren Sparg will enter finals as the top seed. Sparg dominated the event swimming a NCAA automatic qualifying time and personal best 53.65. Senior Abbie King also advanced to the finals finishing with a sixth place and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 55.26. Freshman C.J. Hendry will represent the Seminoles in the consolation finals as the 10th seed with a personal best of 55.65 and sophomore Tiffany Elias (56.56) and freshman Brittany Selts (57.00) will swim in the bonus consolations finishing 17t and 19th respectively.
“I am really relieved that I swam that “A” cut time this morning,” Sparg said. “The pressure’s off and I believe I can go a lot faster. Tonight I am going for the win and maybe a record, we’ll see what happens.”
“[Lauren] Sparg kind of slipped under the radar this season and since she has that “A” cut she can go for the conference record,” said Harper. “We also have a great supporting cast with Abbie [King] making finals and C.J. [Hendry] in the consols.”
Historically, one of the Seminoles best events, the 100 breast, FSU once again showed strong putting two swimmers into the finals. Junior Georgia Holderness will be seeded third after winning her heat and swimming a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:02.62. Freshman Lowri Tynan finished second to Holderness in the heat and will be seeded sixth (1:03.04). Junior Kylen Huntwork advanced to the consolation finals swimming 1:04.91 to nab the 13th seed.
“It was a good morning swim for Georgia [Holderness] and Lowri’s proved that if she can make it in she always goes faster at night,” Harper said. “I’m excited the way they swam this morning and I think they will give us something to cheer about in the breaststroke.”
FSU put another swimmer into finals in the 200 free as freshman Jocelyn Phillips continued her terrific ACC Championships qualifying eighth in with a time of 1:48.82. Freshman Holly Mills (1:49.70) and sophomore Kylsie Grimes (1:49.81) both will swim in the consolation final finishing in ninth and tenth respectively. Senior Lindsay Kenney advanced to the consolation finals after winning a swim-off against Maryland’s Kathryn Snedeker. The pair were tied for 16th with a time of 1:50.63 after the initial race and in the swim-off Kenney came out on top swimming a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:50.28.
“I think the swim-off said a lot about our team,” Harper said. “To come back and swim the event again, it speaks a lot about one of our senior captains and the team really got behind her.”
The 100 backstroke saw another Seminole advance to the consolation finals. Senior Kate Skaggs will be the 15th seed tonight after touching the wall in a personal best time of 56.77.
In the first event of the morning, junior Meredith Martelle swam a season best in the 400 individual medley clocking in at 4:25.92. Junior Caroline Robertson also swam in the 400 IM finishing in 4:30.
Friday’s finals will begin at 7:00 p.m. as the Seminoles compete in the100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay. 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.