March 21, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The seven athletes representing Florida State men’s swimming and diving are ready to take off at the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, which being on Thursday.
The first swimmer to make the meet was senior Mateo De Angulo as he punched his ticket back in November by posting automatic qualifying times in the 500 free with a 4:15.43 and in the 1650 free at 14:49.94. At the ACC Championships, De Angulo earned swimmer of the meet as grabbed two golds in the distance events on top of a silver in the 400 IM.
De Angulo is in a position to make more history, as he earned the number two seed in the 500 free and he is seeded seventh in the 1650 free. The Cali, Colombia native will also swim the 200 free in place of the 400 IM. Freshman
Juan Sequera qualified in the 400 IM, swimming a new school record in the event with a time of 3:45.83. Sequera broke the record that De Angulo set earlier this season at 3:47.15. Sequera is currently seeded tenth in the event. The Miami, Fla. native will have a full plate as he will also compete in the 200 IM as well as the 200 breast.
Sequera earned All-ACC honors by taking bronze in both the 400 IM and 200 breast in his ACC Championship debut.
As one of the fastest sprint relays in the country, the team of sophomore Paul Murray, juniors Trice Bailey, David Sanders and Mark Weber will swim the 200 and 400 free relays for the Seminoles. All four Seminoles earned All-ACC honors as they took gold in both spring relays.
The school record setting 200 free relay is seeded at a 1:17.73 and is currently eleventh. However, the field is rather tight as spots two through twelve are placed 21-hundreths apart. The 2:52.65 earned the team the eighth seed in the 400 free relay.
Weber earned the invitation in the 50 free with a time of 19.62. He is also slated to swim the 100 free and 100 fly.
In addition, Murray will swim the 50 and 100 free while Bailey will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Sanders will swim the 100 free on top of those sprint relays.
Sophomore Tom Neubacher was crowned as the Zone B 1-meter diving champion, as he ran away with the event with a score of 735.53 after 12 dives. His performance was 56.85 points ahead of the next best competitor. His performance on 1-meter earned him All-ACC honors when he took the bronze medal at the ACC Championships. Neubacher will dive 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform events.
All seven will be in action tomorrow as the 200 free relay will kick off the meet. The 500 free, the 200 IM, 50 free and 1-meter diving are all slated for Thursday’s session.
Friday and Saturday’s finals will be streamed live on ESPN3.com at 7p.m. (PT). Prelims for each day are scheduled for 11 a.m. (PT) and finals will start at 7 p.m. (PT)
Here is the link to the live stats: http://www.ncaa.com/content/real-time-men-stats
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