Feb. 21, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A freshman record breaker highlighted the morning for the Florida State swimmers on the final day of the 2009 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in College Park, Md.
“We looked a little tired this morning,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “We came in wanting to make a statement this morning and some of the kids woke up with a lot of energy and did well and some prepared well and had good races, but faded at the end.”
Once again the Seminoles began the day with a new school record. Freshman Stepahnie Sarandos now owns the FSU record in both backstroke events after setting the mark with a NCAA provisional time of 1:55.35 which earned her the second seed in tonight’s finals.
“I’m excited to see that her hard work is paying off,” Harper said. “She swam a smart race this morning and she’s going to be right in the middle of the pool tonight. She’s got some fast people around her but she’ll be prepared.”
FSU put three swimmers into the consolation finals of the 200 fly. Junior Tiffany Elias is seeded 11th (2:00.70), sophomore C.J. Hendry is 12th (2:00.85) and freshman Jessica Sabotin is 16th (2:01.65). All three swims are personal bests.
In the 100 free junior Stevi Steinhauer swam a personal best time of 50.20 to grab the 16th and final position in the consolation final.
The meet concludes this evening at 7:00 p.m., with the finals in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and the 400 free relay. For live stats and a link to ACC Select to watch all of the action log onto www.seminoles.com.