Jan. 4, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla –
FSU Swimming & Diving Hosts UNC-Wilmington and North Florida
The match takes place at the Bobby E Leach Center in Tallahassee Fla. on Saturday, January 6, at 2:00 p.m.
The Match Up
The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team (No. 7) will take on UNC-Wilmington (No. 17 in mid-major poll) and North Florida, while the men’s swimming and diving team (No. 10) will face UNC-Wilmington (No. 16 in the mid-major poll) at the home meet.
The Seminoles have yet to be defeated by either of this weekend’s opponents. Both the men’s and women’s teams hold a 4-0 record over UNC-Wilmington, while the women are 5-0 against North Florida. These three teams last met on January 3, 2004, at North Florida. The Seminoles defeated UNC Wilmington 139-88 on the women’s side and 134.5-97.5 in the men’s meet. As for North Florida, the Seminoles dispatched the Osprey’s 139-88.
Away At Camp
On December 29, the Seminoles packed up shop and re-located to Naples, Florida for their winter training camp. The eight day camp gave the Seminoles a change to prepare for the stretch run of the season. On Thursday night the Seminoles took on Penn State in an unscored exhibition match that pitted the two school’s relay teams against each other.
Last Time In the Pool
It’s been 45 days since the Seminoles last meet on November 21st, when the 16th-ranked Seminole men’s team defeated No. 10 Florida 172-128. The women’s team, which was ranked No. 13, knocked off the sixth ranked Gators 162-138. The women’s victory was the first ever win over the Gators in thirty-two meetings.
ACC and National Honors for Brick
Following the 168-138 victory over Florida, senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) received the Women’s National Swimmer of the Week award from collegeswimming.com. In addition, Brick received her second consecutive ACC Performer of the Week honor. At the Florida meet, she helped the Seminoles jump out to an early lead as she swam the breaststroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay which finished with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:40.37. Brick then had an impressive individual performance in the 100 breast as she won the race with an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:01.82. She followed that up with another win, taking the 200 breast with an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:15.81.
ACC Performer of the Week Honors Continue To Pour In
This Season, FSU student-athletes have earned ACC Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week honors on eight different occasions. To open up the season, junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) and sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) earned the accolades after their performances against Clemson, October 7. Raleigh would go on to earn the award the following two weeks, giving her three consecutive awards. No Seminole swimmer prior had earned more than two POW awards in a single season. In addition, Raleigh became the first Seminole to earn the honor three times in her career, a feat that has since been matched. Junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) earned his POW honor via his performance at the Nike Cup Invitational. Culpeper, Virginia native, Lauren Brick has earned the two most recent POW honors following her times at the Nike Cup Invitational and the women’s first ever victory over sixth ranked Florida. Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) shared the honor on the men’s side with Virginia’s John Millen after the men’s team defeated No. 10 Florida. When Brick and Jamerson received the award on December 5, 2006, they became the second and third Seminoles ever to receive performer of the week three times in their career, tying teammate Christie Raleigh who completed the feat earlier in the season.
Top Times in the ACC
Seminole swimmers currently hold 12 top times in the ACC including three of the five men’s relays. Junior Jarryd Botha holds the top time in the 100 backstroke with a NCAA “B” cut time of 48.69, and 200 backstroke with another NCAA “B” cut time of 1:45.10. Brotha also holds the #2 time in the 50 freestyle (NCAA “B” cut time of 20.16) and the fourth time in the 100 butterfly (49.17). Senior Steven Roof’s (Canton, Ohio) NCAA “B” cut time in the 500 freestyle of 4:22.29 is tops in the event. Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) holds second place in the 500 freestyle with 4:22.90 and the top time in the 200 freestyle touching the wall in 1:38.21. Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) is on top of the chart in the 100 freestyle with a fast time of 44.72. The men’s dominance in the freestyle ranks continues in the relay’s as the Seminoles have the top spots in the 200 freestyle (NCAA “B” cut time of 1:20.81) and 800 Freestyle (NCAA “B” Cut time of 6:36.51), as well as second place in the 400 freestyle relay with time of 3:00.51. The 200 medley relay is tops in the conference with a time of 1:29.71, while the 400 medley is in second place with a NCAA “B” cut time of 3:16.53.
Freshman Jennifer Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) has made an early splash as she holds the top time in the 1000 freestyle of 9:54.03. Junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) has teamed with sophomore Christie Raleigh to claim first and second respectively on the 100 butterfly chart with a duo of NCAA “B” cut times of 54.25 and 54.37. Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) is the fastest in the ACC in the 200 backstroke, respectively notching an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:57.24. Seminoles Lauren Brick and Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) both hold the top peg in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, respectively with times of 1:01.17 and 2:15.84. Brick’s time is under the NCAA “A” cut time standard, while Holderness’ time is under the NCAA “B” cut time standard. As for the relays, the Seminoles are tops in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.19, and runners-up in the 400 freestyle (2:24.05), 800 freestyle (7:21.43), and the 400 medley relays (3:41.30).
Following this weekend’s meet, the Seminoles’ next event is a trip to LSU on January 12th at 10:00 a.m. The Seminoles will travel to the alma mater of FSU head coach Neil Harper to take on the Tigers, who are ranked 25th in the men’s poll, and unranked in the women’s poll.