Feb. 16, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 17 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team continued to inch closer to the lead as they remained in second place after day two of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. A new leader emerged in North Carolina (198) and they were followed by FSU (196.5), Virginia (191), Virginia Tech (174), Clemson (160), Maryland (149), Miami (100), NC State (99.5), Duke (73), Georgia Tech (69) and Boston College (38).
“We had a pretty good morning but then we had an awesome night,” said head coach Neil Harper. “We made the most of every opportunity that we had tonight. I think that we were a little sluggish in some areas this morning and would probably slip back into third or fourth but our team just got pumped up. We had great swims from outside lanes and really just took charge. We are now a rejuvenated FSU team that realizes it is in the thick of the meet and has a chance to have a great meet.”
Sophomore Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) scored the Seminoles first points of the night as she finished third in the consolation final of the 500 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:53.20. Freshman Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) had an outstanding performance in the bonus final of the 500 free as she took first with a time of 4:54.69.
“It got started with Meredith Martelle, who was disappointed with her performance this morning, stepping up to take charge as she won the bonus final with a personal best,” said Harper. “I think that sent a message to the rest of the team that we were swimming well. Right in the next heat Lindsay Kenney had a personal best time in the 500. Then it all snow balled from there. Once we got on a roll it just never stopped.”
Freshman Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) picked up valuable points for Florida State taking fifth in the championship final of the 200 IM with an NCAA “B” cut time 2:02.96.
“Georgia Holderness did a great job with her tactics tonight,” said Harper. “She held back with the fly and backstroke then brought it home with the breast and freestyle moving up from seventh to fifth.”
In the consolation final of the 200 IM, freshman Ann Cipoletti (Charleston, W.V.) swam in lane eight and placed second in 2:04.31 while classmate Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) tied for fourth in 2:04.95.
Freshman Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla.) became the first Seminole to claim individual gold as she won the 50 free with an NCAA “A” cut time of 22.75. Raleigh was followed closely behind by senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.) who finished second with an NCAA “A” cut time of 22.81.
“Carrie (Ellis) and Christie (Raleigh) both went past the favorite for the meet in the 50 free,” said Harper. “It could have been anyone’s race at the end. Christie got out in front quickly but Carrie closed on the last ten yards and honestly I didn’t know who touched first. It was just a great race.”
Florida State continued to pick up key points in the consolation final of the 50 free as sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and freshman Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) finished third (23.60) and sixth (23.67), respectively.
“Abbie (King) and Lauren (Sparg) did a great job for us scoring big points in the 50 free,” said Harper.
On the 1M, junior Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) was FSU’s top finisher taking tenth with 239.35 points.
Florida State capped off day two’s events in similar fashion as they had done the night before by winning another relay event. The team of Ellis, Raleigh, Sparg and King won the 200 free relay with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:31.54.
Day three of the women’s ACC Championships will resume Friday with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals starting at 7:00 p.m.
Earlier in the day the men’s 3M diving championship was held as sophomore Alex Tilbrook (Largo, Fla.), was the Seminoles’ top finisher taking fourth with 347.85 points. Right behind him were freshmen Scott Derner (Grapevine, Texas) and Dan Frebel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) who finished fifth (344.25) and sixth (342.65), respectively. The men’s 1M will take place on Friday with prelims at 1:00 p.m. and finals at 5:00 p.m. The rest of the men’s championships will take place February 22-25.