Feb. 16, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team placed two relays in the top four to begin the 2011 ACC Championships in third-place on Wednesday. The Seminoles earned the bronze in the 800 free relay and have 62 points entering day two.
“Medaling in the 800 free relay was a great way to finish the day,” head coach Neil Harper said. “The team is in a good spot and I think the rest of the girls are ready to get going tomorrow.”
The 800 free relay the team of senior Holly Mills, junior Stephanie Sarandos, senior C.J. Hendry and freshman Julia Henkel earned a spot on the medal podium with a third-place showing of 7:12.76. Hendry moved the `Noles into third to stay during the third leg of the relay and Henkel preserved the teams position.
“We had a lot of experience on the 800 free relay,” Harper said. “Holly stared us off strong and then Stephanie had her best split and C.J. came back and swam a good third leg for us. Then our freshman Julia had a great anchor leg for us.”
In the first event of the evening the team of senior Brittany Selts, junior Tori Richmond, Hendry and freshman Tiffany Oliver placed fourth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.95. Oliver helped bring the Seminoles back into the top five with a split of 22.10 on the final leg.
“The 200 medley relay was a good one to get us started,” Harper said. “We had some close exchanges that worked out for us and we’re happy to get fourth. I also thought Tiffany was really strong tonight with a very fast final leg.”
Preliminary rounds of the 500 free, 200 individual medley and 50 free begin on Thursday morning and the prelims for the women’s one-meter and men’s three-meter will begin on Thursday afternoon. For live results visit www.seminoles.com or follow us on twitter at FSU_swimming. Live video will begin during finals at 7:00 p.m.