Oct. 24, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second consecutive week, sophomore Christie Raleigh (Toms River, N.J.) earned Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Raleigh earned the award after an impressive performer that helped the No. 14 Seminoles to a second place finish by only eight points at the SMU Women’s Classic, Oct. 20-21. The ACC has only given out the award twice this season and both times Raleigh has been the recipient.
“It was a great weekend for her and a great weekend for the team,” said head coach Neil Harper. “The way the team performed if Christie (Raleigh) had not been our nominee then we had two or three others that really swam some top class times at SMU’s pool over the weekend that could have been honored in the same light. It is good when you have that many kids swimming that well. But obviously Christie (Raleigh) is maybe just one step ahead in terms of her times. Her times are going to be way high on the national rankings and it is reflective of the work that she is doing. She is just a racer. She battles during the week and then gets up and swims very fast.”
Raleigh had five combine wins over the course of the two day competition. She won three individual events, recording NCAA “B” cut times in each, and was a part of two winning relays. During the first day of competition, she won the 100 fly (54.37) and 50 free (23.18) and swam the anchor leg of the winning 400 medley relay that finished with a time of 3:45.73. The following day Raleigh picked up right where she left off taking first place in the 100 free with a time of 50.69. She also swam the lead off leg of the winning 200 free relay (1:34.16).
No. 7 SMU won the SMU Women’s Classic with 327 points and was followed by No. 14 FSU (319), No. 13 Wisconsin (288), Alabama (258), Virginia Tech (253) and LSU (229).
The No. 14 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will be back in action on Oct. 27 when they travel to Coral Gables, Fla. for a dual meet against Miami at 4:00 p.m.