Feb. 25, 2012
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team put together an all-around outstanding performance this week as the 2012 ACC Swimming and Diving championships came to a close tonight in Christiansburg, Va.
“I’m happy,” Head Coach Neil Harper said. ” We made the best of our situation. We had freshmen step up and it was just a great team effort. It was unfortunate that we were at the tail end of the four teams fighting for the Championship, but I’m proud we were in the hunt.”
The Seminoles earned ten All-ACC athletes, four golds, one silver, six bronze, three school records en route to a four place finish in a tight race to the finish.
Virginia outlasted the competition, winning the meet with 622.5 followed by Virginia Tech with 594.5, North Carolina was third with 564 and Florida State was fourth with 542.
Senior Mateo De Angulo kicked off the evening with a dominating performance in the 1650, grabbing his second gold on the meet with a time of 14:53.68. For his efforts, throughout the week, the Cali, Colombian native was awarded as the ACC Swimmer of the Meet.
“It’s a great honor to win this award at this meet,” De Angulo said. “I knew it was going to be tough with all the talent here. I’ve worked all year for this and I was able to swim at a high level and get two gold medals. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
The honor will come back to not only Florida State, but the distance group as Kyle Young was the last Seminole to earn the award back in 2007 for his winnings in the 500 free and 1650 free that year.
“Two gold and a silver, you really couldn’t top his performance,” Harper said. “The fashion he did it in, the way he handled his races was just remarkable. He deserves it.”
Also swimming the 1650 was junior Tyler Ball, as he recorded a 12th place finish with a time of 15:32.67.
De Angulo’s gold wasn’t the only one on the evening as the Seminoles closed out the meet with a bang, smashing the school record in the 400 free relay. The team of sophomore Paul Murray, juniors Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber took their second gold on the meet, posting 2:52.65. They took down the old mark of 2:55.03 which was set back in 2009. The last time the same relay team won both the 200 and 400 free relay was back in 2006.
“Our sprint free relays were unbelievable, ” Harper said. “They came together and did a heck of a job. Great things happened for them, they made it is NCAA’s and I couldn’t be more proud of them. It was a great way to end the meet.”
Moving on to the 200 back, freshman Josh Friedel stepped up to take the bronze medal with a time of 1:44.59. Junior Brad Morrison touched in a 1:48.57, placing 21st in the bonus heat and freshman Kevin Rogers was 23rd with a final time of 1:50.35.
Leading the way in the 100 free for the Noles was Murray, who placed fourth with a final time of 43.40. In his morning swim, Murray posted a 43.18, setting a new school record, taking down Robby Hayes’ time of 43.38 which was set last year.
Swimming in the consolation heat, Bailey captured ninth with a 43.89, Weber was 12th with a 44.34 and Sanders was 14th with a 44.52. Freshman Cadell Lyons stepped in and won the bonus heat with a 44.62, placing 17th.
Freshman Juan Sequera captured his second bronze medal of the meet in the 200 breast with a time of 1:57.85, which is the second fastest time in FSU history.
Sophomore Alex Rodrieguez posted a 2:02.53 as he finished second in the bonus heat, touching in 18th.
Junior Danny Nguyen was able to capture points in the consolation heat of the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.63, taking 14th.
“That was the closest ACC meet that I’ve ever been a part of,” Harper said. “Our divers kept us in it as they dove tremendous last week. Our top people preformed and we had so younger kids step up. It was an excellent team finish. The season isn’t over, it’s back to work and I look forward to seeing what we can do at NCAA’s.”
The 200 and 400 free relay teams will join De Angulo at the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. on March 22-25. Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Swimming) for more information.
Mateo De Angulo- 500, 400 IM, 1650 free
Juan Sequera- 400 IM, 200 breast
Josh Friedel- 200 back
Tom Neubacher- 1-meter diving
Ford McLiney- 3 meter diving
Nick Klein- platform diving
Paul Murray- 200, 400 free relay
Mark Weber- 200, 400 free relay
Trice Bailey- 200, 400 free relay
David Sanders- 200, 400 free relay
UGA Last Chance Meet
Sophomore Julia Henkel broke the school record in the 400 IM today at the UGA Last chance meet, winning the event and posting a 4:11.97. She broke Jessica Saboutin’s old mark of 4:14.32 which was set back in 2009.