Feb. 17, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 17 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team moved into first place after day three of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. Florida State has 415.5 points and is followed by Virginia (375), North Carolina (352), Virginia Tech (285), Maryland (284), Clemson (271), Miami (213), NC State (153.5), Georgia Tech (132), Duke (116) and Boston College (61).
“Everyone is just contributing,” said head coach Neil Harper. “If they aren’t making finals or scoring points then they are cheering on the sidelines. It is just a total team effort.”
“In terms of depth, coming in we felt that we were the third deepest team here. I think that we are just responding well and have been up to the challenge. We are performing and even out performing when it really counts in finals and consolation finals at night. You are seeing a FSU team that just really, really wants it.”
Florida State’s list of ACC Champions continued to grow tonight as freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton) and juniors Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa) and Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) each earned individual gold. The Seminoles also claimed their third relay championship of the meet as the team of Raleigh, Altmann, Brick and senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) won the 400 medley relay with an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:42.43. Florida State also has gold medals in the 200 free and 200 medley relays.
“We have great swimmers in each of those four legs,” said Harper. “It is just a question of putting it together and we did that tonight. They swam well and did what they needed to do”
Raleigh picked up her second gold medal of the meet as she won 100 fly with an NCAA “B” cut time of 54.01. Last night, Raleigh won the 50 free with an NCAA “A” cut time of 22.75.
Altmann took first place in the 200 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:48.67. Later in the meet, Altmann would finish third in the 100 back with an NCAA “B” cut time of 55.40 and in the process break the FSU record that she set earlier in the season at the Georgia Tech Invitational (55.43).
Brick successful defended her 2005 championship in 100 breast, winning the event with an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:00.93.
Freshman Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.V.) finished fifth in the championship final of the 400 IM with an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:23.43. In the consolation final of the 400 IM, freshman Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) took second with an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:23.27.
Close behind Raleigh in the 100 fly was sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) who finished third with an NCAA “B” cut time of 54.40.
Sophomore Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) picked up valuable points for FSU as she took fifth in the 200 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:49.42. In the consolation final, Ellis would finish in second with a time of 1:50.50.
Freshman Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) finished fourth in championship final of the 100 breast with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:02.48 while classmate Kylen Huntwork (Apex, N.C.) claimed second in the consolation final with a time of 1:04.48.
On the 3M, defending champion junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) was FSU’s top finisher as she placed fifth with 323.80 points.
The final day of the women’s ACC Championships is Saturday with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals starting at 7:00 p.m.
“If we want to make some history then we are going to have to put in even more of an effort tomorrow,” said Harper. “The meet could be determined during the prelims. You can’t win if you don’t have kids in the finals.”
In the men’s 1M diving, which was held earlier in the day, Florida State’s top finisher was sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.) who took sixth with 280.25 points. Freshman Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished seventh with 275.30 points while classmate Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) placed ninth with 274.85 points. Seniors Pete Crane (Fairport, N.Y.) and Jason Beinlich finished 12th (243.85) and 13th (242.85), respectively. The rest of the men’s championships will take place February 22-25.