Feb. 21, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State swimming and diving team finished strong on Saturday earning three All-ACC performances to earn a fourth-place finish in the 2009 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Seminoles scored 398.5 points.
“When I look at the scoreboard I see a total team effort,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “The divers excelled, we swam great tonight and we have a young team. We are looking forward to next year and we can hold our heads high.”
Senior Dan Frebel saved his best for last earning his first career ACC Championship on the platform. After almost missing the finals because he hit his feet on the platform with his first dive, the Indianapolis, Ind., native broke his own school record with 434.50 points to take home the crown. Junior Terry Horner (300.70) and senior Scott Derner (277.85) also placed in the top eight finishing sixth and seventh respectively.
“I feel really good about the victory even though it was shaky in the prelims,” Frebel said. “I feel good about my performance and hopefully it will psych up the swimmers back home so they can come in and do their job next week.”
On the women’s platform junior Katie Sirounis earned her first career All-ACC honors with a third-place performance scoring 263.05. Sophomore Katherine Adham placed fourth for FSU with 254.10 points and junior Melanie Cabassol had her best showing finishing seventh scoring 237.20 points. In the consolation final junior Aleia Monden finished tied for 13th (201.35) and freshman Lisi Rowland placed 15th (198.10).
“It was really exciting for me even though I didn’t expect to dive that well today,” Sirounis said. “I feel really confident going into Zones now and I’m glad I made top three so I get a medal in my career.”
Freshman Stephanie Sarandos broke her own school record that she set on Saturday morning in the 200 back earning her first career All-ACC honor placing third in the 200 back (1:55.18). Her time is also a NCAA provisional time.
“It feels awesome [to get on the podium], I definitely did not expect it,” Sarandos said. “The competition here is so incredible and I’m surprised I made it, but I’m really happy.”
In the 1650 free sophomore Holly Mills broke a 19 year-old school record swimming a 16:37.49 which earned her 12th-place.
Junior Stevie Steinhauer had a career performance in the 100 free breaking the 50 second barrier for the first time in her career finishing 10th with a time of 49.98.
In the 200 fly three Seminoles placed in the consolation final. Junior Tiffany Elias placed 11th with a time of 2:00.83, freshman Jessica Sabotin finished 13th in 2:01.02 and sophomore C.J. Hendry placed 14th touching in 2:01.16.
Next up for the Seminoles is the ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships February 25, 28. For live stats and a link to ACC Select to watch all of the action log onto www.seminoles.com.