Feb. 23, 2012
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – Using the good vibes from last night’s relays, the Florida State men’s swim team took home two sets of gold medals today at the 2012 ACC’s men’s swimming and diving championships in Christiansburg, Va.
The evening started with all-out unforgettable battle in the 200 free relay as the Seminoles won the first gold on the evening with a team of sophomore Paul Murray, juniors David Sanders, Trice Bailey and Mark Weber, setting a new ACC meet, school and pool record with a 1:17.73 en route to earning All-ACC honors.
“They’ve been together for about a year, “Harper said. “Andy had done a great job coaching them and it’s been their goal for a while. They knew that with the perfect race they could win it and get to NCAA’s. It feels to go finally surpass that mark and break the school, pool and ACC meet record.”
Continuing with the trend, Senior Mateo De Angulo won a gold of his own in the 500 free with a time of 4:18.66. Freshman Kevin Rogers bettered his prelim time, a tenth place finish at 4:27.54, a career-best effort. Junior Tyler Ball won the bonus heat, coming in 18th with a time of 4:28.88, a near three second drop from his morning swim, turning in another personal best. Sophomore Mike Thomas was 20th at 4:34.21 and junior Brad Morrison was 23rd at 4:36.93.
“It’s hard to do what he’s done,” “He booked his ticket to NCAA’s be he’s still going to contribute to ACC’s, so he’s training through it and he was able to come in here and win. He paced his race well and kicked it in with about a 100 to go. I’m happy for him.”
After sneaking into the final heat of the 200 IM with a qualifying time of 1:47.78, freshman Juan Sequera made his A-Final debut by finishing with a final time of 1:48.11. His morning swim was his fastest of his career. Junior Danny Nguyen swam in the bonus heat, placing 20th with a final time of 1:50.68. Freshman Josh Friedel was 24th with a 1:51.75.
Qualifying two Seminoles in the final heat of the 50 free, Weber took fourth at 19.80 and Bailey was seventh with a 20.04. Weber swam to a career best in the morning at 19.62 while Bailey’s prelim time of 19.89 was the first time he’s ever gone under the 20 second mark. Murray stepped up and won the consolation heat with a 19.80 and Sanders took the bonus heat, coming in 18th at 20.33.
“We won more races than anyone tonight,” Harper said. “Just a great day for us and a good way to represent FSU. We have to swim hard tomorrow morning and solidify our position so that we can stay in this as a team. We didn’t have three kids swim today, so I’m excited to see what everyone can do.”
Tomorrow’s prelims will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the 400 IM. The 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back will follow with finals set to begin at 7 p.m.
32 points separate three teams with North Carolina ahead at 245.5 and Virginia is in second with 225 and Florida is in third with 214.
Before prelims, senior Michael Aitken, sophomore Cadell Lyons, freshmen Connor Knight and Harrison Brogden contributed their time to the Community Connection Programs. The four Seminoles read a few stories and shared their collegiate experiences with first, second and third graders from Falling Branch Elementary School.
The meet will be broadcast on ACC.com starting of Thursday through Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Live stats will be available for both prelims and finals. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Swimming) for updates throughout the week.
Below are live stat and live streaming links and event order list.
Live stats can be followed here: http://www.theacc.com/livestats/m-swim/
Live streaming is set from Feb.23-25 from 7-9p.m. at the links below:
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay