Feb. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It was a record breaking evening in College Park, Md., as Terry Horner broke the school record on the three-meter board and the Seminoles 200 free relay set a new school record at the 2009 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Florida State women are in fourth-place with 137 points.
“We know that tomorrow can be a really good day for us,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We are excited to get to some of our best events and we ended the evening on a high note with our 200 free relay.”
The Seminole men highlighted the evening on the three-meter board placing three in the top eight led by junior Terry Horner. Horner demolished his school record by more than 25 points scoring 447.95 to take home second place. Senior Dan Frebel also had a personal best score breaking 400 for the first time in his career as he placed third (406.95). Senior Scott Derner finished sixth for FSU with a six dive total of 366.75.
“I’m very proud of all my kids today especially Terry and Dan,” FSU diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “They did a lot of incredibly hard dives and Reuben [the event winner] is an Olympian and it was fun to go after him. We still have two more events and I think we have a chance to beat him.”
In the first swimming event of the evening sophomores Holly Mills and Jocelyn Phillips placed 14th and 15th respectively in the 500 free. Mills touched the wall in her personal best time of 4:49.72 and Phillips finished in 4:49.99.
“The girls who swam the 500 were excellent,” Harper said. “I thought they did a nice job and I’m really proud of the girls.”
“Jessica had a great individual medley and I’m excited for her,” Harper said. “She is only the second Seminole to break the two minute mark in that event.”
The women’s divers competed on the one-meter board and were led by junior Katie Sirounis who placed fourth with a career best score of 303.60. Junior Aleia Monden placed 9th and freshman Lisi Rowland finished 16th.
The 200 free relay finished the evening and the team of Steinhauer, Casella, Selts and sophomore C.J. Hendry placed fifth with a school record and NCAA provisional time of 1:30.33. FSU was one of five teams to break the old conference record in the event. Steinhauer also led-off the relay with a personal best time in the 50 free of 22.97.
“We ended the night on a relay that broke the school record which is an amazing feat,” Harper said. “The team came together well and to see Stevi break 23 for the first time was great.”
Day three of the Championships begin at 11:00 a.m., with the finals starting at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles will compete in five individual events and the divers compete on the one-meter (men) and three-meter (women). For live stats and a link to ACC Select to watch all the action log onto www.seminoles.com.