Nov. 21, 2009
ATLANTA – The Seminoles continued to push themselves on Day Two of the Georgia Tech Invite. Earning a combined seven event wins and 12 NCAA B-cut qualifying times, the Seminole’s continue to lead heading into the final day of the meet.
The Florida State women’s team earned 317.5 points Saturday to increase their overall meet score to 654.5.
In the 100 fly Hendry finished first in both the preliminary race and the finals (54.20, B-cut). Hendry’s teammates, Tiffany Elias came in third (54.96) and Brittany Selts finished in 4th (55.26) in the finals. Florida State also had a strong showing in the women’s 200 free, as Jocelyn Phillips came in second with a time of 1:48.72 (B-cut). Elias finished fifth (1:50.47), Holly Mills came in sixth (1:50.47) and Marissa Harrington came in ninth (1:51.77) in the event.
Freshman standout Polley battled back from a third place finish in the 100 breast preliminaries to take first place in the finals with a time of 1:03.26. Stephanie Sarandos earned her first individual B-cut time and her second overall of the meet with a fourth place finish in the 100 back (55.24).
Once again Florida State had a strong showing on the boards, with four athletes finishing in the top eight of the women’s three-meter diving event. Katie Sirounis led the Seminoles with a second place finish (311.90), followed by Jaq Schroeder in fourth (299.05), Aleia Monden in fifth (298.85) and Kat Adham in sixth (271.55).
The women’s final event of the day was the 800 free relay. The pairing of Phillips, Elias, Sarandos and Mils earned a second place, B-cut time of 7:20.26. The Florida State men’s team earned 394.5 points Saturday to increase their overall meet score to 696.
The men spent the second day of the meet dominating their competition, beginning with the 200 medley relay. Seniors Andy Hodgson and Scott Thacker teamed with freshmen Logan Mosley and Mark Weber to earn a victory in the event with a B-cut time of 1:29.21.
Five Seminoles finished in the top ten in the men’s 100 fly final, including three freshmen. Junior Matt Shead came in second (49.00), followed by Mosley in third (49.33). Mosley’s fellow freshmen Mark Cox (49.67) and Danny Nguyen (50.53) came in fifth and ninth, respectively, followed by sophomore Michael Aitken (50.98).
The men’s 200 free outcome came with an interesting twist. In addition to his part in the 200 medley relay, Hodgson finished first in the 200 free with a B-cut time of (1:36.65). Junior Robby Hayes earned the second fastest time (1:38.13), and a B-cut, in the event, but because his preliminary time was not among the top ten he had to settle for an 11th place finish.
Florida State swept the top three finishes and earned two B-cut times in the men’s 100 breast. Thacker claimed first with a time of 54.40 (B-cut), followed by Holderness in second (54.76, B-cut) and Shead in third (56.30).
Hodgson earned his third meet victory of the day in the 100 back with the only B-cut time of the event at 48.63.
“I was very satisfied with how I raced today,” Hodgson reflected. “It’s been great to swim this weekend with the whole team here and with everybody doing so well. I’m looking forward to the last day of the meet tomorrow where hopefully the whole team can continue to do well”
The 100 back also had a similar outcome to Hayes’s performance in the 200 free as Mosley finished with the second fastest time in the event (49.18) but his preliminary race time kept him from competing in the A-final.
The men’s diving events this season continue to be a duel between teammates Terry Horner and Landon Marzullo. This latest round went to Marzullo as he beat out Horner in the one-meter diving final by a score of 404.80 to 374.55.
The Seminole’s freshman class has continues to impress this season with stronger performances each race.
“The freshmen women and men have stepped up all weekend,” Head Coach Neil Harper boasted, “with Kristine Polley winning the 100 breast and Mosley, Cox and Nguyen’s top ten finishes in the 100 fly. Logan’s 100 back was a bright spot as well. Everyone is having a good time and swimming well”
Heading into the final day of the meet the women hold a 54.5 point lead over second place Florida, while the men extended their lead over second place Florida to 153 points.
The third and final day of the meet will begin Sunday at 9:00 a.m. with the finals of the 1650 free, followed by preliminary races in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform dive and 400 yard freestyle relay. The remainder of the finals begin at 3:00 p.m. For live updates throughout the meet click here.
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