Dec. 4, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After breaking four records this weekend at the Georgia Tech Invite, junior Paul Murray earned the ACC Male Swimmer of the Week honors announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
“This was very well deserved for Paul,” Head Coach Neil Harper said. “There were a lot of tremendous swims throughout the ACC this weekend and for Paul to go above and beyond to get this week’s recognition speaks volumes.”
As the “lightning bolt the team needed for the weekend” according to Harper, Murray started the meet by splitting a 19.35 in the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay. His teammates Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber thrived off his swim as they turned a time of 1:16.76 setting new ACC and FSU records in the process. In addition, the four took back the top spot in the NCAA in the event.
The Coconut Creek, Fla. native’s career-top time of 19.35 is the fastest in the NCAA Division I ranks in the 50 free at this point in the season.
Murray’s career-best efforts continued when he broke a 13-year old FSU record in the 100 free with the fourth fastest time in the country at 42.78. The previous mark was set by Brandon Dedekind in 1999 when the South African native swam a time of 42.96.
In the last race of the weekend, Murray once again took to his lead-off reigns in the 400 free relay, steering Bailey, Sanders and Weber to another FSU school record in the event with a time of 2:53.06.
Both sprint relays earned NCAA automatic qualifying times, meaning the four are guaranteed a spot in the 2013 NCAA Championships on March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind.