November 22, 2009 - by
Seminoles Soar At Georgia Tech Invite

Nov. 22, 2009

Full Meet Results

ATLANTA – From beginning to end Florida State’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dominated at the Georgia Tech Invite. In all the teams earned 21 event wins and 32 NCAA B-cut qualifying times.

“The weekend definitely reinforced some of the possible team goals for February and March,” said Head Coach Neil Harper.

On the women’s side, Florida State earned an overall score of 977.5. The team’s nearest competitors were rival Florida with 933.5 points and ACC foe Clemson with 471. Day Three brought the women wins in four of the final seven meet events and four B-cut times.

The women began the final day with a sweep of the top three spots, and an overall six of the top ten spots in the 1650 free. Freshman Marissa Harrington earned a B-cut time of 16:36.90 to claim the top spot in the event. Freshman Caroline Smith came in second (16:43.82) and Holly Mills came in third (16:43.82). Charlotte Broadbent (sixth, 17:02.81), Anja Buehner (eighth, 17:12.18) and Corey Allison (ninth, 17:16.47) rounded out the strong distance showing for the Seminoles.

Stephanie Sarandos earned her first individual win and second individual B-cut of the meet with her win in the 200 back (1:57.43). Freshmen Emily Harris and Jenna Jacoby also had strong showings in the event with a sixth and tenth place finish, respectively.

Freshman Kristine Polley earned her second individual victory of the meet and second individual B-cut with a first place finish in the 200 breast (2:14.23).

In the final event of the meet, the women cruised to a victory in the 400 free relay (Stevi Steinhauer, Jocelyn Phillips, C.J. Hendry and Brittany Selts) with a B-cut time of 3:21.82.

“The ladies performed great this weekend and possibly collectively beat a team that could be in the hunt for the NCAA title in March,” beamed Neil Harper. “Our ladies’ depth was a huge factor in the team win.”

On the men’s side Florida State earned an overall score of 1055 points at the meet. Like the women, the men’s nearest competitors were Florida (787) and Clemson (486).

The Florida State men’s team earned wins in three of the final seven meet events on Day Three and five B-cut times.

The men’s team started off the final day of the meet with Ian Rowe’s victory in the 1650 free (15:.09.03, B-cut), Andy Hodgson’s win in the 200 back (1:42.90, B-cut), and Rob Holderness’s first place finish in the 200 breast (1:58.08, B-cut).

Robby Hayes earned a second place, B-cut finish in both the 100 free (44.35) and as a member of the 400 free relay team (2:59.83) along with Hodgson, Mark Weber and Matt Shead.

Landon Marzullo earned his second event victory of the meet with a first place finish in the men’s platform dive (454.75). Florida State continues to prove its depth in men’s diving as four Seminoles finished in the top five of the event.

“The men’s team dominated this meet from Day One,” declared Harper. “Our entire team, especially our divers, displayed great levels of achievement and success.”

According to Harper, “Andy Hodgson proved this weekend why he is one of the best swimmers in the ACC.”

Hodgson earned three individual wins and three B-cut times. He was also a part of three winning relay teams, contributed to four B-cut relay times for Florida State.

“I’m so excited with how the swimmers and divers came together and performed at such a high level. We gave them a little rest and they performed beyond our expectations. We now have a serious challenge of dual meeting the Florida Gators in Gainesville on Tuesday where they are used to having phenomenal success.”

The Seminole’s matchup with the Gators will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

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