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FSU Women’s Swimming and Diving Travels to Maryland for ACC Championships

Feb. 15, 2006

The Match Up

The No. 17 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will compete in the 28th annual ACC Championships, February 15-18, hosted by Maryland at the Campus Recreation Center Natatorium.  The meet will get under way with the 800 free and 200 medley relays on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  The following days, prelims will begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals will start at 7:00 p.m.


2005 ACC Championships – Meet Results

Florida State finished fourth at last year’s ACC Championships.  Maryland won the overall team championship with 655 points and was followed by Virginia (590.5), North Carolina (491), Florida State (433), Virginia Tech (357.5), Georgia Tech (286.5), Clemson (219), NC State (194.5), Duke (180) and Miami (176).


2005 Returning ACC Champions

Florida State had two individual ACC champions a year ago.  Current junior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) took first place in the 100 breast as she registered a time of 1:02.35 while classmate Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) won the 3M diving competition with a total score of 556.60.


2005 All-ACC

The Seminoles had seven student-athletes named to the All-ACC team in 2005 and five of them returned to this year’s team.  Looking to repeat as members of the all-conference team will be returning champions Brick and Lerew, along with senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.), junior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) and sophomore Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas).  Ellis placed second in the 50 free (23.08) and 100 free (50.05).  Altmann took third in the 200 back (1:59.50) while Kenney finished second in the 200 fly (1:59.92).


ACC Championships History

Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU’s highest finish is third, which they have done on five occasions.  The Seminoles have finished fourth – four times, fifth – three times and sixth – twice.  Florida State’s most successful years have come most recently under head coach Neil Harper, who in the last four years has guided the Seminoles to a fourth place finish in 2005 and three consecutive third place finishes from 2002 to 2004.


Dual Meets against the ACC

Florida State is a perfect 5-0 in ACC dual meets this season.  FSU opened up the season October 21-22 with an ACC quad meet in College Park, Md.  The Seminoles picked up three victories as the defeated Maryland 230-121, Georgia Tech 251-100 and Virginia Tech 200-151.  On November 12, Florida State made the trip up to take on Clemson where they recorded a 136-105 victory.  The Seminoles wrapped up their dual meet season against conference opponents when they defeated Miami at home 146-95 on January 14.


Leaving Her Mark

Captain Carrie Ellis is FSU’s only senior on the women’s swimming and diving team. Ellis’ NCAA “A” cut time of 49.32 in the 100 free is the fastest in FSU history, tops in the ACC this season and the fourth fastest in Taper & Shave’s College Quick 100.  Her NCAA “A” cut time of 22.83 in the 50 free is the fourth fastest in FSU history, second best in the ACC this season and ranks 11th in Taper & Shave’s College Quick 100.  Ellis became the first Seminole on the women’s team to earn two ACC Performer of the Week honors in a career when she took home the award in back-to-back weeks this season, November 14 and 21.


Backstroking Her Way into the Record Books

Romy Altmann has established herself as the fastest backstroker in FSU history.  Altmann set new records at Florida State this season in the 100 and 200 back.  Her NCAA “B” cut time of 55.43 in the 100 back is the best ever at FSU, ranks third in the ACC this season and is 31st in Taper & Shave’s College Quick 100.  Her NCAA “B” cut time of 1:58.65 in the 200 back is also the fastest ever at FSU, ranks second in the ACC this season and is 20th in Taper & Shave’s College Quick 100.  Altmann recorded both of her top times at the Georgia Tech Invitational which was November 17-20.  Altmann was also the recipient of ACC Performer of the Week honors October 24.


Brick Swimming at the Top

Lauren Brick comes into this year’s conference meet as the defending champion in the 100 breast and she is well prepared to reclaim her title.  Brick’s NCAA “B” cut time of 1:02.69 is currently the second fastest in the ACC and ranks 20th in Taper & Shave’s College Quick 100.  Brick’s award collection has grown since she won her title in 2005 as she picked up ACC Performer of the Week for the first time in her career on January 16.


Raleigh in Four

Freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla.) is currently in the top ten in the ACC in four different events which is the most on the team.  Raleigh has the conference’s third fastest time in the 50 free (23.03) and 100 fly (54.84).  She also ranks eighth in the 100 free (51.13) and 100 back (57.31).  Eight other Seminoles appear in the ACC top ten in two categories.



Florida State has been dominate this season when is comes to relay events as they hold the fastest time in three of the five relays in the conference.  The Seminoles are tops in the 200 free, and 200 and 400 medley relays.  In Taper & Shave’s College Quick 100, FSU’s 200 medley time of 1:40.37 ranks fourth, while it’s 200 free time of 1:31.59 ranks fifth and 400 medley time of 3:42.43 ranks 13th.


Lerew + Diving = Champion

The last name Lerew and diving have been synonymous over the last five year especially when it comes to the ACC Individual Championship.  Of ten combined diving champions (five on each – 1M & 3M) since 2001, six have had the last name Lerew.  Former Seminole Chelsie Lerew won five titles form 2001-2003 while her sister junior Brittany Lerew has picked up right where Chelsie left off.  Brittany Lerew won her first ACC Individual Championship last season on the 3M.  She sits atop the ACC with the highest score record this season on the 3M (364.85).  Lerew recorded her top score at the Georgia Tech Invitational.


Flying Away

Sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) comes into the ACC Championships having posted the fastest time in the conference in the 100 fly.  At the Georgia Tech Invitational, Sparg recorded the league’s best time of 54.56, which also ranks as the 21st best time in Taper & Shave’s College Quick 100.

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