Oct. 7, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened up their seasons on a high note as both Seminole squads earned dual meet wins over Clemson. The men defeated the Tigers 198-87 while the women were victorious 179-116.
“Clemson is a good team and they always give us a heck of a meet,” said head coach Neil Harper. “Initially I was concerned about it because you never know what is in store. They are a good team and well coached so I think that we answered the call. I feel much better now then I did a couple of hours ago. It was a good test and I think for the most part they did real well and past it.”
“These guys have been training really hard,” said Harper. “A lot of them are young and that can have an adverse affect. They are tired and beat up so you just never know how they are going to handle it. The captains led while the seniors and the juniors did a good job of letting them know what to expect. We came out in the first couple of events and did really well. The 1000s were good for us as well followed by the 200s. I knew that we were going to be alright. Not that we discounted what Clemson had or what they could still do. We had some quality swims today and some depth too. I think the overall team effort was real good. It was a good way to start the season especially in front of a nice big crowd.”
Leading the way for the men’s team with three individual event victories was junior Ian Powell (Guernsey Channel, Islands). Powell started out by winning the 200 fly (1:49.34), then followed that up with wins in the 200 back (1:50.00) and 100 fly (50.27).
“Ian (Powell) trains real hard and he competes real hard,” said Harper. “He is just setting the tone for this year. He had a great year last season and got sick at the conference meet so he feels that he has a lot to prove and he sure did today. He started the meet off real well and it’s good for our team to know that we have a key person like him to count on.”
Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) led the way for the women’s team as she won two individual events. She finished first in the 50 free (23.03) and 100 free (50.72).
“It was good to see that the most valuable swimmer, in my mind, at the ACC Championships last year just pick up where she left off,” said Harper. “Christie (Raleigh) is key for us in those events and we are going to rely on her heavily. She has a great supporting cast and I think she led by example today. It is another boost for us to know that we have her on our team.”
Winning two individual events each for the men’s team were senior Alex Kennon (Winter Park, Fla.) and junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.). Kennon took the 50 free (20.75) and 100 free (45.64) while Jamerson won the 100 breast (55.68) and 200 breast (2:05.08).
In diving, freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won both the 1M (263.78) and 3M (274.88) for the women while sophomore Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) also won the 1M (301.20) and 3M (317.40) for the men.
In the mid to distance freestyle events on the men’s side, freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) won the 1000 free (9:24.42), senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) took the 500 free (4:32.02) and junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) finished first in the 200 free (1:40.87).
Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) picked up another win for the men taking the 100 back in 51.77.
Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) showed once again why she is an All-American in the 100 breast as she took first place in the event with a time of 1:03.35. Also picking up individual event wins for the women’s team was junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) in the 100 fly (56.24), sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W. Va.) in the 200 breast (2:19.48), freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 200 fly (2:02.34) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) in the 200 free (1:51.58).
The Seminoles scored big points to open up the meet as both the women’s and men’s teams won the 200 medley relay. The women’s team of Raleigh, Brick, Sparg and freshman Leigh Ann King (Baton Rouge, La.) took first with a time of 1:43.11 while the men’s team of Powell, Jamerson, Kennon and freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) won with a time of 1:31.53.
The total attendance at the meet today was 377.
The next meet for the women’s team will be Fri.-Sat., Oct. 20-21 at the SMU Women’s Classic in Dallas, Texas. The men will be back in the pool on Sat., Oct. 28 when both the men and women battle Florida Atlantic and the women take on Florida International in Miami, Fla.