Jan. 5, 2007
Naples, Fla. –
The Seminole swimming and diving teams squared off against Akron on January 1 and Penn State on January 4, in a pair of unscored friendly meets that pitted relay squads against each other.
Against the Akron Zips, the women’s team swam the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Stevi Steinhauer (Pensacola, Fla.), Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine), Leigh Ann King (Baton Rouge, La.) and Jessie Carr (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.70, defeating Akron’s relay time of 1:42.01. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Stacy Rademacher (Charlotte, N.C.), Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.), Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) finished in 1:49.78, besting the Zips time of 1:51.10.
Both teams were in action against the Nittany Lions who are ranked 15th in the collegeswimming.com division 1 women’s poll. In the 4×25-yard freestyle relay the women’s team of Elias, Rademacher, Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.), and Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) finished first with a time of 44.10. In second place was Abbie King, Teresa Tessier (Largo, Fla.), Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and Carr with a time of 44.94. Third place went to Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.), Lindsay Guers (Orwigsburg, Pa.), Kristina Helmers (Pennington, N.J.), and Kelly Dean (Longwood, Fla.) with a time of 45.22
The men’s relay squad of Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.), Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), David Toffaletti (Charlotte, N.C.) and Matt Hammond (Daytona Beach, Fla.) finished in a top time of 39.41. They were followed by the team of Robert Padgett (Greensboro, N.C.), Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.), Matthew Skinner (Pensacola, Fla.) and Paul Erben (Panama City, Fla.) at 40.24. The final Seminole team consisted of Ian Powell (Gunnersey, Channel Islands), Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.), Steve Roof (Canton, Ohio) and Nick Graves (Lexington, Ky.); they finished in 41.95.
After eight days of non-stop training, the Seminole swimming and diving team closed their Naples Training camp with a final practice on Friday, January 5th, then returned to Tallahassee. The Seminoles get back into competitive waters on January 6th, as the men’s team (No. 10) takes on UNC-Wilmington (No. 16 in the mid-major poll). The women’s squad (No. 7) will take on UNC-Wilmington (No. 16 in the mid-major poll) and North Florida. The meet is at 2:00 p.m. and will be held at the Bobby E. Leach Center. Admission is free.