November 18, 2006 - by
FSU Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Finish First at the Nike Cup

Nov. 18, 2006


Chapel Hill, N.C. – The Florida State men’s (No. 16) and women’s (No. 13) swimming and diving teams both finished in first place at the Nike Cup. The men won the team title with 1104 points and were followed by Kentucky (690), Clemson (605), Virginia Tech (568), North Carolina (567), East Carolina (105), James Madison (99), Miami (35), Syracuse (22), NC State (17). The women claimed their first with 929 points and were followed by North Carolina (711), Clemson (604), Kentucky (574), Virginia Tech (508), Miami (247), East Carolina (202), Syracuse (56) and NC State (7).

Senior Romy Altamm (Cape Town, South Africa) won the women’s 200 back with an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:57.24.

Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) then won the men’s 200 back with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:45.10. He was followed closely by junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) who took second in 1:47.47.

Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) claimed another win for FSU taking the 100 free with a time of 44.72.

Sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) and senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished first (2:15.84) and second (2:16.12) in the 200 breast and they both recorded NCAA “B” cut times.

In the men’s 200 breast, senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) finished second with a time of 2:02.63.

The Seminoles scored big points in the men’s 1650 free as they finished two-three-four. All three recorded NCAA “B” cut times as junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished second (15:10.32), senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) finished third (15:14.65) and freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) finished fourth (15:26.07).

The women’s team scored valuable points in the 200 fly as they finished two-three-four. Freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the way for FSU finishing second (2:01.26) and was followed by junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) in third (2:02.26) and senior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) in fourth (2:03.28). Elias and Sparg recorded NCAA “B” cut times in the race.

In the men’s 200 fly, Powell finished third with a time of 1:49.89 and was followed by senior Mark Nicholls (Charlotte, N.C.) in fourth (1:50.61).

Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was FSU’s top finisher in the women’s 1650 free as she placed seventh with a time of 17:01.92.

Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) was the first Seminole to touch the wall in the women’s 100 free as she finished eighth in 51.28.

Florida State wrapped up the night with the 400 free relay. The women’s team of Elias, Altmann, Holderness and Grimes finished second with an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:24.05. The men’s team of Botha, Kennon, sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and junior Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished third with a time of 3:00.51.

The Seminoles will be back in action on Tuesday, November 21 when they take on Florida at home. The meet will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center.

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