Sept. 21, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- If Friday afternoon is any indication, Florida State’s swimming and diving program has a bright future. Freshmen C.J. Hendry (Evans, GA) and Lowri Tynan (Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales) both broke FSU Pentathlon records in the 200 free (1:52.66) and 100 breast (1:03.34) respectively.
“I think that was a nice surprise,” said head coach Neil Harper. “Lowri’s got a great stroke, but she did make quite a few mistakes. I think once she can straighten out some of her mistakes she’ll be great.”
Hendry also won the 100 back (58.29) and was the overall Pentathlon winner on the women’s side.
“Anyone who can break that Pentathlon record, that was held by one of our All-Americans Romy Altmann,” said Harper. “Anyone who can get up after swimming four events and break a record, it’s a nice surprise. She’s been working really hard.
Other event winners on the women’s side include another freshman, Brittany Selts (Miami, Fla.) in the 50 free (24.07) and All-American senior Lauren Sparg was victorious in the 100 fly in a time of 53.13.
On the men’s side senior Ian Powell won three events to take the overall men’s title. Powell won the 100 fly (50.75), 100 back (51.68) and 200 free (1:43.98). The freshmen on the men’s side also performed well with Matt Shead (Welling, Kent, England) taking second in the 100 breast in a time of 58.22. He finished behind sophomore Scott Thacker (Lynchburg, VA) who touched the wall in a time of 56.63. Junior Scott Baker rounded out the winners on the men’s side with his victory in the 50 free (21.12).
The Pentathlon’s main goal is to give coaches a look at how the team competes. Harper was pleased with what he saw from his squad.
“I think the thing I liked the most was their competitiveness,” said Harper. “We’re really putting it to them, especially in dry land and in the weight room. I was excited that they came in here and really wanted to race.”
Florida State’s next meet will be their annual Garnet and Gold meet Friday September 29.