Feb. 19, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – Four Seminoles earned All-ACC honors and two school records were broken on final day of the 2011 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Seminole women ended the meet in third-place with 417 points.
“The girls that swam tonight really made the most of their opportunities,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We fought off Virginia Tech, Miami and Maryland to hold on to third which is a big thing for us.”
The Florida State divers capped-off a dominant meet with three more All-ACC honors and two school records on the final day of competition.
“This is probably one of the best ACC Championships we have ever had,” diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “We really showed our depth by putting so many divers in the finals and to have them all compete so well was spectacular.”
Once again the Seminole men were well represented with three divers in the finals on the platform. For the third consecutive day senior Landon Marzullo earned All-ACC honors with a second-place finish. This time the Columbus, Ohio native broke the school record with a six dive total of 441.25. Marzullo was joined on the podium by senior Mike Neubacher who placed third (422.90). Freshman Tom Neubacher finished in seventh (352.10). Sophomore Nick Klein earned 11th-place (305.25) and senior Jordan Horsley placed 13th (292.65) to round out a dominating performance by the men.
“Landon almost won that title tonight,” Jeffrey said. “To have two people make the podium in a competition as good as this really made me proud.”
Junior Charlotte Broadbent kicked-off the evening for the Garnet and Gold with a sixth-place finish in the 1650 free (16:21.43). Sophomores Caroline Smith and Corey Allison also scored for the `Noles finishing in 13th (16:48.75) and 15th (16:55.42) respectively.
For the third consecutive season, junior Stephanie Sarandos earned All-ACC honors in the 200 back. The honorable mention All-American placed third in a time of 1:55.98. Senior Holly Mills finished her collegiate career with a 13th-place finish in the 200 back (1:58.71) and freshman McKayla Lightbourn finished in 15th (1:59.14).
On the women’s platform Katrina Young had the meet of her life earning All-ACC honors with a third-place finish. Young scored 299.95 points to break the school record in the event.
“I was really proud how Katrina stepped up and medaled,” Jeffrey said. “I think she really deserves that school record.”
Freshman Tiffany Oliver finished her freshman year with a sixth-place finish in the 100 free touching the wall in 49.58.
In the 200 breast, sophomore Kristine Polley won the consolation final to earn ninth-place with a personal best time of 2:14.20.
Senior C.J. Hendry (2:00.48) and freshman Julia Henkel (2:00.48), finished first and second in the 200 fly consolation final to take home ninth and 10th-place points to complete the individual events.
The Seminoles finished out the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay. The team of Oliver, senior Brittany Selts, Hendry and Mills touched the wall in 3:21.84.
“We ended on a good note and we still have some things to swim for this year,” Harper said. “I’m really proud of the girls banding together and swimming strong on the last day.”
Next up for Florida State is the 2011 Men’s ACC Swimming Championships beginning on Wednesday, February 23. For a meet preview as well as live results throughout the meet log onto www.seminoles.com.