February 15, 2012 - by
`Noles in Fourth

Feb. 15, 2012

Christiansburg, Va. – The No. 25 Florida State Seminoles are sitting in fourth place just two points shy of third after two relays at the 2012 ACC Championships in Christiansburg, Va.

The leaderboard shows that Virginia is ahead the pack with 80 points, followed by North Carolina with 68 and NC State with 56. Florida State is shortly behind with 54 and Maryland sits in fifth with 51.

“I thought our relays were okay,” Head Coach Neil Harper said. “The 200 medley relay is a tough event to start off with, it’s a nerve racking event, but I thought our ladies did a great job.”

The Seminoles began the evening with a sixth place finish in the 200 medley relay with a team of sophomores McKayla Lightbourn, Melissa Cooper, senior Tori Richmond and freshman Kaitlyn Dressel with a time of 1:41.07, which was the teams’ fastest swim of the season.

Following with a fifth place finish and turning in another top performance of the season in the 800 free relay was the team of senior Stephanie Sarandos, sophomore Tiffany Oliver, freshman Elizabeth Pepper and senior Charlotte Broadbent touching the wall at 7:16.97.

“In the 800 free relay, our kids battled,” Harper stated. “They didn’t execute as well as I hoped, but that can be easily remedied based on our training and how they warmed up. We just need to think about it and not feel the pressure as much.”

Tomorrow’s prelims will start at 11 a.m. beginning with the 500 free, followed by the 200 IM and 50 free. The Seminoles are typically strong in the IM events, with current school record holder Richmond looking to improve on her fourth place finish from last year’s ACC Championships. In addition, all five competitors in the event earned second swims at last year’s meet, accounting for 28 of the 41 points that were scored in the event.

“Tomorrow is going could be a great day for us,” Harper said. “We’ve got a lot of kids swimming their best and favorite events and we have ladies swimming their third, more fun events. I think the 500 could be a great start for us. Certainly, the 200 IM we have a good chance to have second swims and the 50 free, it’s an all-out battle.”

Diving will also begin tomorrow with the women’s one-meter event scheduled for 1 p.m. along with men’s three-meter diving set to start at 2:45. Finals for the ladies are to begin at 5 p.m. and the men’s final heat will be worked into the swimming part of finals, which begin at 7 p.m.

“It’s a big day for diving,” Harper added. “We’ll see some great things from them. We have a lot to look forward to getting tomorrow started.”

Check back to Seminoles.com and Twitter (FSU_Swimming) for updates throughout the week. Below are live stat and live streaming links and event order list.

Live stats can be followed here: http://www.theacc.com/livestats/c-swim/

Live Streaming and other Championship Information can be found here: http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-swimming-diving-championship.html.

Feb. 15 200

Medley Relay- Sixth 1:41.07

800 Free Relay- Fifth 7:16.97

Feb. 16

500 free

200 IM

50 Free

One-Meter Diving (Women)

Three-Meter Diving (Men)

Feb. 17

400 IM
100 Fly

200 Free

100 Breast

100 Back

Three-Meter Diving (Women)

One-Meter Diving (Men)

Feb. 18

200 Back

100 Free

200 Breast

200 Fly

1650 Free Platform Diving

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