Feb. 28, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team finished the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships with a conference record and three NCAA automatic qualifying times en route to a second-place finish in College Park, Md. The Garnet and Gold finished with 640 points.
“This was a great way to finish the meet and we really pushed Virginia this evening,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “I’m really proud of our guys for getting some automatic qualifying times and they way we solidified ourselves in second-place.”
Junior Andy Hodgson earned the Seminoles first gold medal of the meet with his dominating performance in the 200 back. Hodgson broke his own conference and school record in the event and earned a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:41.14. Sophomore Ian Rowe also scored in the event with a 16th-place finish of 1:46.90.
“I had a game plan and I’m pleased with how I swam the race,” Hodgson said. “It’s good to get a gold medal for the team and I have a few weeks until NCAA’s to get faster.”
Fifth-year senior Jarryd Botha earned his second silver medal of the meet with his second-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 43.28. Senior Jimmy Holway finished just off the podium placing fourth with a personal best time of 43.54. Fifth-year senior Ed Denton was right behind Holway in fifth position with a 43.68.
FSU earned a silver medal and a NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 400 free relay. The team of Holway, Botha, Denton and Hodgson touched in a school record time of 2:52.03.
“I think that we exceeded our expectations,” Harper said. “It seemed like all four of our relays were on and I’m just excited for the guys.”
In his first event of the day, Rowe broke the school record in the 1650 free in an afternoon heat with a time of 14:56.22 which earned him fifth-place. However in the evening finals fifth-year senior Kyle Young reclaimed his school record with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 14:46.68 which earned him third-place. Junior Nick Graves also scored for FSU with a ninth-place finish of 5:10.79.
Sophomore Rob Holderness broke his school for the second time on Saturday going 1:56.06 which earned third-place. Junior Scott Thacker placed 11th for FSU with a time of 1:59.38 while sophomore Matt Shead touched in 15th position (2:02.44).
In the final individual event of the meet sophomore Robby Hayes won the consolation heat with a personal best and NCAA provisional time of 1:46.54 to place ninth.
Next up for Florida State swimming and diving is the NCAA Zone qualifying meet for the men’s and women’s diving teams in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information log onto www.seminoles.com.