Nov. 19, 2005
Atlanta, Ga. – The Florida State men’s (No. 15) and women’s (No. 16) swimming and diving teams continued to roll in day two of the Georgia Tech Invitational as they took first place in 14 of 16 events. The men currently sit in first place with 921, followed by Georgia Tech (595), Western Kentucky (485) and Florida Atlantic (390). The women are also in first with 803.50, followed by GT (393), FAU (370.50), Rice (366), WKU (347), Gardner-Webb (199), Miami (176) and New Orleans (46).
“The goal for us tomorrow is to continue to keep doing what we did today,” said head coach Neil Harper. “We want to finish the meet strong and have a lot of good swims.”
Day two got underway with the women’s 200 medley relay. Florida State’s team of senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.), junior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla.) got the Seminoles started off on the right note as they set a school record and took first place with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 1:40.37
“Our best swim was the very first one, the women’s 200 medley relay,” said Harper. “We broke the school record by half a second. We had four good legs. Christine (Raleigh) led off it and had a fast backstroke. She is a really good kicker underwater. Lauren (Brick) had a good split then Sparg had a good leg as well and Carrie (Ellis) just brought it home for us.”
The men’s 200 medley relay team of senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla.), sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) and juniors Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) and Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) claimed first place with a time of 1:30.53.
Freshman Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) took first place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:23.94. Sparg then picked up a win in the 100 fly with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 54.77. Brick claimed a win in the 100 breast with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 1:02.69. Junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) won the 100 back with an NCAA B qualifying time of 55.43 and in the process set a new school record.
Sophomore Danny Keeling (Westminster, Colo.) picked up a win in the 400 IM with a time of 3:55.91. Roycik then swam an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 48.30 to win the 100 fly. Sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa) picked up another Seminole win in the 200 free with an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 1:37.92. Botha won the 100 back with a time of 49.41.
Junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.), who won the 1M yesterday, pick up another win today taking the 3M with 365.85 points. On the men’s side, sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) took first in the 1M with 375.25 points.
The Seminoles closed out the night winning the women’s and men’s 800 free relays. The women’s team of Ellis, Altmann, sophomore Lindsey Kenney (Plano, Texas) and freshman Cameron Russell (Alcoa, Tenn.) took first place with a time of 7:28.30 while the men’s team of Roycik, Marais, junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) and sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England) picked up the win with a time of 6:39.63.
The Seminoles have taken first place in 25 of 28 events after two days of action. The Georgia Tech Invitational will conclude tomorrow with prelims at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 3:30 p.m.