Jan. 2, 2010
ATLANTA – The Florida State Swimming and Diving team are carrying the momentum of a strong fall season into the new year. Coach Patrick Jeffrey led the divers to Atlanta today to compete against Georgia Tech and the University of Massachusetts. Head Coach Neil Harper and the swimming team also competed today in Naples, Fla. against Penn State. Both trips allowed the athletes to push their training further as they head into the spring semester.
In Atlanta, the divers competed in a relay style training meet, with teams of divers completing all of the requirements in a single diving list. Although no points were awarded to schools, the Seminole diving pairs earned first, second, fifth and sixth place finishes. Terry Horner and Nick Klein were the top team at the meet, while Landon Marzullo earned the best individual dive score on a reverse two and a half somersault in the tuck position.
“Our training is going very well and the team has been enthusiastic through a grueling training schedule. Many of the divers have learned new dives this week as well,” remarked Coach Jeffrey.
In Naples, the swimmers also competed in a relay format, with no team scores awarded. The women and men continued to earn top finishes as they have all season.
On the women’s side, Florida State earned a first and second place finish in the 200 medley relay. Stephanie Sarandos, Kylsie Grimes, Jamie Barrett and Shanda Casella earned the top time of 2:08.15. The team of Holly Mills, Kristine Polley, Tiffany Elias and Carly Cavalieri finished second with a time of 2:08.65. In the 200 free relay the team of Stevi Steinhauer, Jocelyn Phillips, Brittany Selts and C.J. Hendry finished second with a time of 1:55.99. The team of Jenna Jacoby, Jessie Carr, Caroline Smith and Casey Sandlin came in fourth in the event with a time of 2:01.42.
Highlights on the men’s side include a second and third place finish in the 200 medley realy. Andy Hodgson, Rob Holderness, Matt Shead and Robby Hayes earned second with a time of 1:54.34, followed by the team of Brad Morrison, Scott Thacker, Logan Mosley and Al Augustine with a time of 1:54.84. In the final event of the meet, the 200 free relay Mark Weber, Corey Swanson, Dan Bradford and Trice Bailey tied for first with Penn State’s A team with a time of 1:38.63. The team of James Taddeo, Stephen Pendleton, David Toffaletti and Lloyd Owens placed fourth with a time of 1:44.01.
“We really challenge our swimmers at this time of year because this is a huge phase and push in our training for ACC and NCAA success in February and March. Not only are we swimming twice everyday, we are also lifting, doing dryland work and playing very competitive games such as ultimate frisbee, kickball and volleyball,” said Coach Harper.
In addition to their training over the winter break, the women’s team took time to give back to the community, by volunteering at a local retirement home and medical rehabilitation center.
Up next, Florida State hosts Virginia on January 14, at 3PM at the Leach Center. For more news and coverage of the Seminoles stay tuned to www.seminoles.com or follow the team on Twitter @fsu_swimming.