Feb. 23, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State men’s swimming team put together a pair of solid relays on the first night of the 2011 Men’s ACC Swimming Championships. The Seminoles are in fourth-place with 56 points entering the first day of individual events.
“I thought our relays were good and we did about what I expected,” head coach Neil Harper said. “The gap isn’t very big and we’re excited to get going. This is a fast meet so every tenth and every hundreth is going to count, so we have to get to the wall and do a nice job tomorrow.”
In the first event of the meet, the team of sophomore Brad Morrison, seniors Rob Holderness and Matt Shead and sophomore Mark Weber finished sixth in a time of 1:27.86. Both Holderness (breast) and Weber (free) had the fastest splits of the event for the `Noles.
“I thought that we had three really good legs,” Harper said. “A lot of the guys on this really are more 100 and 200 swimmers, but indications are good for the next couple of days based on times from this relay.”
The team of senior Robby Hayes, freshman Matt Taylor and seniors Stephen Pendleton and Ian Rowe earned a fourth-place showing in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:30.73. Hayes led-off the relay with a personal best time of 1:36.42 and Rowe brought the Garnet and Gold home with an excellent anchor leg.
“There were a couple a great swims in this relay,” Harper said. “Robby has never been that fast as our lead-off and then Ian had a great anchor leg. We almost medaled, but it was a good start.”
The first day of individual events begins on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m., with heats of the 500 free, 200 individual medley and 50 free. You can follow live results during the meet at Seminoles.com or follow us on twitter at FSU_swimming.