March 15, 2006
The Match Up
Seven members of the No. 17 Florida State women’s swimming and diving team will compete at the NCAA National Championships held at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. on March 16-18. Each day will begin with trials at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m.
The Seminoles’ seven qualifiers are senior Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla.), juniors Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) and Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa), sophomore Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) and freshmen Christie Raleigh (Boca Raton, Fla.), Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) and Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England).
FSU’s Best Individual Seed
Lauren Brick is seeded fifth in the 100 breast, which is Florida State’s highest individual seed. Brick recorded her time of 1:00.93 at the ACC Championships, Feb. 17, as she successfully won her second consecutive conference title. In 2005, she finished 24th at nationals in 1:02.45.
Record Setting Relay
FSU’s 200 medley relay comes into nationals with the Seminoles’ best chance to medal as the relay team of Raleigh, Brick, Sparg and Ellis are seeded third. Their time of 1:38.59 earned them gold at the ACC Championships, Feb. 15, and in the process set a new conference, ACC meet and school record.
The Seminole captured their first ever Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on Feb. 18 in College Park, Md. Florida State won the meet with 596.5 points and was followed by Virginia in second (563) and North Carolina in third (517).
Raleigh in Six
Christie Raleigh will swim in six events for Florida State which is the most of any Seminole. Raleigh will swim in all three of FSU’s relays as well as the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly. She is seeded 20th in the 50 free (22.75) and 100 fly (54.01), and 39th in the 100 free (50.07).
Been There, Done That
Carrie Ellis and Lauren Brick enter the 2006 NCAA Nationals having already earned All-American honors in the past. Ellis, who attended Virginia in 2002, earned the honor as a member of UVA’s 200 free relay that placed eighth. Brick earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2004 as she swam the breast stroke leg of the Seminoles’ 200 medley relay that finished 11th.
Best in the Back
Romy Altmann is set to compete in the 400 medley relay, 200 free, 100 back and 200 back at nationals. She is the ACC Champion in the 200 free (1:48.67) and has set school records in 100 back (55.31) and 200 back (1:57.16) this season.
Carrie Ellis is the only senior on the Florida State women’s swimming and diving team. The former All-American will compete in 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 50 free and 100 free. Ellis is seeded 13th in the 100 free (49.32) and 21st in the 50 free (22.76).