Feb. 17, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – A pair of school records fell and two divers earned All-ACC honors as the Florida State swimming and diving team remained in third-place after the second day of competition at the 2011 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Seminoles have 195 points entering the third day of events while senior Landon Marzullo and junior Lisi Rowland garnered top three finishes.
“I was really happy with how tonight went,” head coach Neil Harper said. “We’re looking forward to tomorrow because it’s a big day for us to solidify our place and hopefully get some more best times and school records.”
After lasting more than 20 years, the 500 free school record fell for the second consecutive season as junior Charlotte Broadbent broke the mark with a fifth-place finish in the 500 free. Broadbent swam a tough race in the finals to earn a mark of 4:42.92.
“Charlotte had two great swims,” Harper said. “I’m really proud of her getting the school record and really showing her strength.”
Junior Tori Richmond also earned a school record with a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:59.04. Junior Jessica Sabotin finished in sixth-place (2:00.01). The Garnet and Gold had three swimmers in the consolation heat with freshman Julia Henkel placing 11th (2:01.40), sophomore Kristine Polley finishing 13th (2:01.93) and junior Stephanie Sarandos 14th (2:02.33).
“To have Tori break the school record in her first year hear is great,” Harper said. “Jessica also did well to make the final and to have five people score in that event was good.”
Finishing out the individual events for the women, freshman Tiffany Oliver touched the wall in sixth position in the 50 free with a personal best time of 22.61.
“Tiffany had a great morning swim and not many freshman made the final in the 50,” Harper said. “She’s closing in on that school record and she’s learning every time out.”
On the women’s one-meter two Seminoles made the final with junior Lisi Rowland earning her first career All-ACC honors placing third (311.10). Senior Katherine Adham earned seventh-place (288.75). Freshman Kelsey Goodman finished 10th (263.80).
“I was pleased with how we dove and with the amount of divers we have, someone is always going to step up,” diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Lisi in true form stepped up and did a really good job.”
For the men, senior Landon Marzullo led the charge on the three-meter earning second-place with a score of 429.00. This is the second time the Columbus, Ohio native has earned All-ACC honors. Freshman Thomas Neubacher followed with a seventh-place showing (376.30). Senior Jordan Horsley placed ninth (360.15) and Mike Neubacher finished 12th (349.75).
“I’m really happy for Landon because he finally settled down and put it together,” Jeffrey said. “He put down his biggest dive in the biggest meet of the year so far and he’s acting like a true champion.”
Preliminary rounds of the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back begin on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. The prelims for the men’s one-meter and women’s three-meter begin on Friday afternoon. For live results visit www.seminoles.com or follow us on twitter at FSU_swimming. Live video will begin during finals at 7:00 p.m.