College Park, Md. – The FloridaState men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both are currently leading in all three of their match ups after the first night of the ACC Quad Meet.The men are ahead of Georgia Tech 129-57, Maryland 136-50 and Virginia Tech 133-53.While the women are also in front of the Yellow Jackets 126-59, the Terps 118-67 and the Hokies 100-85.
“I think that we had some people step forward and show their experience and do really well,” said head coach Neil Harper.“Some of our freshman seemed to struggled a little bit and are very tried from all of the work we have done.I’m thankful that we are still winning all of our six meets.It bodes well for the fact that we have worked harder than we ever have.We have really put in a lot of work in and we can still perform and do well.So I’m excited about that.”
The event started with the women’s 200yd free relay where the Seminoles’ team consisting of sophomore Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine / Brunswick), sophomore Katie Metka (Largo, Fla / Oviedo), freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla. / Ft. Lauderdal Pine Crest) and senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla. /Durant/Virginia) took first place with a time of 1:34.20.
The men’s 200yd free relay team consisting of junior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla. / Eagle Lake Lake Region), sophomore Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa / Paul Roos Gymnasium), sophomore Ed Denton (Maidenhead, England / MillfieldSchool) and senior Joel Roycik (Winter Park, Fla. / Winter Park) swam next and took first place as well with a time of 1:23.47.
Junior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio / Central Catholic) claimed a win in the 1000yd free with a time of 9:21.01.Botha finished the 100yd back in 51.01, good for first place.
Sophomore Carl Marais (Pretoria, South Africa / St. Albans College/Wyoming) had an impressive performance in the 200 free taking first place with a time of 1:40.30.Sophomore Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga. / SandyCreek) won the men’s 100yd breast in 57.31.
Junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa / GermanInternationalSchool) took first place in the 100yd back with a time of 56.62.Junior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va. / CulpeperCounty) finished in first place in the 100yd back and her time of 1:02.72 was an NCAA Qualifying B Standard.Raleigh claimed the 50yd free title with a time of 23.33 and also finished ahead of the 2004 ACC Champion Mason Walsh form Virginia Tech, who finished second with a time of 23.52.Sophomore Lindsay Kenny (Plano, Texas /Senior) swam to a first place finish in the 200yd fly (2:05.39).
In the women’s 1M diving junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla. / Lake Highland) took third with 219 points.On the men’s side in the 3M diving freshman Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) took second with 302 points and was followed closely by teammates senior Jason Beinlich (Ridley Park, Pa. / Ridley), who took third with 279.05 points, and freshman Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas / Colleyville Heritage), who finished fourth with 277.50 points.
The day’s events concluded with the Seminoles women’s 400yd medley relay team of Altmann, Brick, sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa / Westville Girls’ High) and Ellis swimming to a first place (3:44.76).Followed by the men’s 400yd medley relay team of Botha, Jamerson, Roycik and Denton taking first place as well with a time of 3:23.47.
“I think that there will be more of the same stuff tomorrow, in fact I would hope that we will swim a little better.” said Harper.“The kids don’t have to be up until so they should get a good night sleep.I think that we will be a little more rested and ready for more.”
The ACC quad meet will conclude tomorrow at Maryland‘s CampusRecreationCenter at