March 10, 2007
Minneapolis, Minn –
Senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) earned her first career All-American honor in the 200-yard backstroke with a new school and ACC record time of 1:55.36 to claim seventh place at the final day of the 2007 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship meet. The six-athlete team finished in 17th place with a score of 52 points. The Seminoles finish the meet as the top ranked team from the ACC.
“That was a real great swim for her,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “That was an unbelievable way for her to finish her career and for us to finish the meet. Our seniors went out on a high note and did everyone proud”
Altmann is the first Seminole All-American in a backstroke event since Meg McCully and Kim Foster each earned All-American honors in 1982.. In the morning’s prelim session, Altmann touched the wall with a time of 1:55.69 best her 2006 school record. That record fell in the night session as Altmann cemented her place in the Florida State history books.
“She has had a great three years here. What a way to finish by breaking so many school records here at the biggest meet of the college season. She has really helped us keep our national ranking and keep us in the top-20. To come out with a swim like that and become an All-American in your final event of your career is something to be proud of.
In her final swim as a Seminole, senior captain Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) finished 29th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.83. Brick ends her career at Florida State with three All-American honors, two Honorable Mention All-American honors, six ACC Championships, four ACC Performer of the Week Honors and an ACC team championship in 2006.
“Lauren has been a great leader for this team,” said Harper. “She really learned and trusted the system and we forged a great relationship which is the secret to every great swimmer and diver. I’m really going to miss her because I’ve grown to know her and like her and appreciate everything she has done for me and my coaching career. She’s been a great inspiration to all of us and has led by example. I’m really happy for her and I know that she’s going to be a Seminole for life.”
Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) and freshman Kylsie Grimes (Heartland, Wisc.) competed in the 100-yard freestyle. Raleigh touched the wall in a time of 49.81 to claim 29th place. Grimes finished her first NCAA Championships with a 70th place finish with a time of 51.58.
In the 200-yard butterfly, junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) earned a 38th place finish in a time of 2:03.09. The 400-yard freestyle relay team finished out of the points with a 23rd place effort. The team of Raleigh, Altmann, Grimes and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) touched the wall with a time of 3:23.94. At the ACC Championships, the same team claimed the bronze medal.
“The six girls that were here just did a really good job of coming together and extending their seasons,” added Harper. “It’s been good coming; we really had a really successful dual meet season with some great wins. We had a great ACC season. Sometimes it’s hard to come and perform again at the NCAA Championships only three weeks later, but our girls did great and we put FSU back in the top-20 again. I’m really proud of these girls.”
The meet concludes 2006-2007 women’s season. The final event of the men’s season is the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships which will also be held at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The championship meet runs March 15-17.