Feb. 28, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State men’s swimming team will have several opportunities to get on the podium on the final day of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in College Park, Md.
“We really had to ramp it up this morning to make sure we were on our game,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “The guys started really well and we have plenty of swims in the finals tonight.”
Junior Andy Hodgson will enter the finals of the 200 back in fifth-place after swimming a 1:44.00 in the prelims. Sophomore Ian Rowe made the consolation final after finishing in 14th-place with a personal best time of 1:45.82.
The Seminoles put a trio of swimmers into the finals of the 100 free. Jarryd Botha is the highest seeded touching in 43.59 good enough for third-place. Jimmy Holway is seeded fourth after swimming a personal best 43.60 and Ed Denton is fifth after a morning swim of 43.76.
“I think our 100 freestylers really stepped up,” Harper said. “They all went 43’s and that was a great step up for them.”
Sophomore Rob Holderness will enter finals in the third position after breaking his own school record in the 200 breast by touching in 1:56.79. Junior Scott Thacker will be the top seed in the consolation final after finishing ninth with a time of 1:59.28. Sophomore Matt Shead snuck into the consolation final placing 16th (2:01.73).
In the 200 fly sophomore Robby Hayes swam a personal best time of 1:47.93 to earn 11th position in the consolation final.
The final session of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships will begin at 4:15 with the first heat of the 1650 free. Live stats and live streaming video on ACC Select beginning at 7:00 p.m., are available at www.seminoles.com.