Dec. 6, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. – If the Florida State swim team was looking to make a statement at the 2008 ConocoPhillips USA Short Course Nationals they can consider that mission accomplished. Junior Andy Hodgson capped a historic performance by the Seminoles by breaking the ACC record in the 200 back on the final day of the meet.
Hodgson touched the wall in 1:41.99 breaking Virginia’s Luke Wagner’s seven year-old mark of 1:42.67. Hodgson’s swim earned him third place, two spots behind Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte.
In total the Seminole men broke six school records at the three day meet, a remarkable performance at the half way point in the season.
Senior Kyle Young and junior Nick Graves both earned NCAA provisional times in the 1650 free. Young finished fourth in the event with a time of 15:09.17 while Graves placed sixth touching the wall in 15:12.21
In the 100 free senior Jarryd Botha earned another NCAA provisional cut, this time in the 100 free with the second fastest swim in Florida State history (43.57). Sophomore Robby Hayes (44.56) and senior Ed Denton (44.59) also swam season bests in the event.
Sophomore Rob Holderness earned a Florida State school record of his own with his prelim swim in the 200 breast. Holderness swam a 1:57.83 to break the record by more than half a second. He finished fifth in the event with an evening swim of 1:58.31. Junior Scott Thacker placed 20th (2:00.45) and sophomore Matt Shead finished 22nd (2:04.11).
The Garnet and Gold finished off the meet with their sixth and final school record in the 400 free relay. The team of Hodgson, Botha, Denton and Hayes broke the nine year-old record with a fifth place finish time of 2:54.53. The time is a NCAA provisional qualifying time.
The FSU women were led by Stephanie Sarandos who finished seventh in the 200 back with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:57.23. Sarandos swam a collegiate best 1:56.81 in the prelims.
Junior Stevi Steinhauer led the Seminoles in the 100 free finishing 46th (51.11). Junior Shanda Casella (51.38) sophomore Jocelyn Phillips (51.57), junior Kylsie Grimes (52.02) and sophomore Brittany Selts (52.34) also competed in the 100 free for Florida State. Freshman Jessica Sabotin placed 55th in the 200 fly (2:06.72). The women finished the meet with a time of 3:24.20 in the 400 free relay.
Former Seminole and current graduate assistant Ian Powell finished second in the 200 fly with a personal best time of 1:44.29.