Aug. 10, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Seminoles started the U.S. Open on a high note with Ian Rowe placing fourth overall in the 1500-meter freestyle. The meet ended on an even higher note for Rowe and Club Seminole as he placed third overall in the 800-meter freestyle.
Florida State’s swimmers set numerous personal records throughout the five day event and added three more on Saturday. Along with Rowe’s time of 8:03.78 in the 800-meter freestyle, Robby Hayes and Matt Shead both set personal records in the 200-meter individual medley. Although their times were not enough to make it into the finals Hayes beat his previous time by two seconds and Shead beat his previous best by over a second.
During this year’s U.S. Open five Florida State swimmers combined to set 12 new personal records. Hayes led the way with four new personal bests, followed by Rowe with three. Shead and Scott Thacker each set two new records and C.J. Hendry set one.