Oct. 26, 2006
The Match Up
The Florida State (No. 14) women’s swimming and diving team will take on Miami on Friday, October 27 in Coral Gables, Fla. Then on Saturday, October 28 the women will compete against Florida Atlantic and Florida International while the (No. 15) men will face Florida Atlantic. Saturday’s competition will take place at FIU in Miami, Fla.
The Florida State swimming program has had a great amount of success against their opponents during this upcoming weekend’s road trip. The men are a perfect 14-0 all-time in dual meets against FAU while the women are also unbeaten when facing FAU 9-0 and FIU 3-0. The women hold a commanding lead when facing Miami in dual meet competition as they have a record of 18-11.
So Far This Season
The men and women have both had an impressive start to the season. During their season openers against Clemson the men were victorious 198-97 while the women won 179-116. Last week the women competed at the SMU Women’s Classic where they finished second by only eight points. No. 7 SMU won the tournament with 327 points and was followed by No. 14 FSU (319), No. 13 Wisconsin (288), Alabama (258), Virginia Tech (253) and LSU (229).
2005-06 Men vs. FAU
Last season Florida State defeated FAU 230-68.5. Several key members from that victory returned for the 2006-07 season. Senior Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) recorded two wins taking the 1000 free (9:24.38) and 500 free (4:31.96) while junior Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) picked up a win in the 200 back (1:51.88). Junior Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.) and senior Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) are back after winning the 100 breast (56.29) and 200 breast (2:05.92), respectively.
2005-06 Women vs. Miami, FAU, FIU
Miami: FSU defeated Miami 146-95. The Seminoles won ten of 13 events including the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Of the eight individual events won by the Seminoles, FSU returns seven of those winners including senior Lauren Brick who was named ACC Performer of the Week (1/16/06) after winning the 100 breast with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:03.12 and swimming on the winning 200 medley relay.
FAU: The Seminoles were victorious against FAU 165-134. Current senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) had an outstanding meet a season ago as she picked up three individual event wins. She started by recording back-to-back wins in the 200 free (1:52.20) and 100 back (57.13). Then later in the meet she claimed her third win taking the 200 back in 2:02.55.
FIU: Florida State came out on top versus FIU 165-66. The Seminoles return a pair of swimmers who recorded two individual events wins from a year ago against FIU in junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) and sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.Va.). Kenney finished in first in the 200 free (1:52.09) and 500 free (5:01.93) while Cipoletti won the 200 IM (2:07.20) and 200 breast (2:19.34).
Racking Up ACC Performers of the Week
The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have competed in a combine three events this season and all three have resulted an FSU student-athlete earning Atlantic Coast Conference Performer of the Week honors.
Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) has picked up right where she left off last season. Raleigh, who was the 2006 Women’s ACC Freshman of the Year, has earned back-to-back ACC Performer of Week honors to open up the 2006-07 season. Raleigh earned the honor the first time after recording three individual event wins against Clemson. She won the 50 free (23.03) and 100 free (50.72) both with NCAA “B” cut times and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:31.53). Raleigh then earned the honor again after her performance at the SMU Women’s Classic where she had five combined wins over the course of the two day competition. She won three individual events, recording NCAA “B” cut times in each, and was a part of two winning relays. During the first day of competition, she won the 100 fly (54.37) and 50 free (23.18) and swam the anchor leg of the winning 400 medley relay that finished with a time of 3:45.73. The following day Raleigh picked up right where she left off taking first place in the 100 free with a time of 50.69. She also swam the lead off leg of the winning 200 free relay (1:34.16).
In the men’s only meet this season against Clemson, junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) earned the honor after recording four victories. Powell picked up his first victory swimming the backstroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay that finished with a time of 1:31.53. He then recorded three individual event victories taking the 200 fly (1:49.34), 200 back (1:50.00) and 100 fly (50.27).
Top Times in the ACC
The men’s team currently holds seven of 18 fastest times in the ACC. Powell holds the fastest times in the 100 fly (50.27) and 200 fly (1:49.34) while Jamerson is atop the conference in the 100 breast (55.68) and 200 breast (2:05.08). Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) and freshman Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.) lead in the 100 free (45.64) and the 1000 free (9:24.42), respectively. The Seminoles 200 medley relay also possess the league’s best time of 1:31.53.
The women’s team currently holds ten of 18 best times in the conference. Raleigh leads the way for the Seminoles as she holds three of those times including the 50 free (23.03), 100 free (50.69) and 100 fly (54.37). Freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) sits atop the conference in the 200 fly (2:02.34) while Brick holds the best time in the 100 breast (1:01.95). Florida State also currently holds all five of the fastest relay times in the ACC: 200 free relay (1:34.16), 400 free relay (3:24.87), 800 free relay (7:27.51), 200 medley relay (1:43.11) and 400 medley relay (3:45.73).
Freshmen Divers Rank Among Best In The ACC
Freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) has been remarkable for the women’s team so far this season. In her first competition as a Seminole against Clemson she won both the 1M (263.78) and 3M (274.88) diving events. She followed that up by winning the 1M (257.05) and finishing second on the 3M (259) at the SMU Women’s Classic. Monden’s score of 263.78 on the 1M is currently the best score in the ACC. Right behind Monden on that list is freshman Katie Sirounis (Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.) who recorded the league second best score of 253.58 on the 1M when she finished second to Monden during the Clemson meet.