August 8, 2009 - by
Shead and Thacker Reach Consolation Final at U.S. Open

Aug. 8, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – On Friday, Matt Shead and Scott Thacker continued Florida State’s trend of setting personal records at this year’s U.S. Open. Both swimmers exceeded expectations as they finished 11th and 15th respectively in the 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries. Their times earned the pair spots in the consolation final, the heat for preliminary finishers nine through 16.

In the preliminaries Shead raced to a time 1:02:56, while Thacker finished the race with a time of 1:03.11. Both times were personal records and the highest finishes by a Seminole since Ian Rowe came in fourth in the 1500-meter freestyle on Day 1 of the meet. Unfortunately the pair could not replicate their stellar preliminary times as Thacker came in sixth place and Shead fell to 8th place in the consolation final. The finals resulted in a 14th overall finish for Thacker and a 16th overall finish for Shead out of 81 total swimmers in the event.

Also swimming on Day 4 of the meet was Florida State’s Stephanie Sarandos. Sarandos finished 60th out of 100 swimmers in the 100-meter backstroke.

Swimming for Club Seminole on the final day of the meet are Shead and Robby Hayes, both in the 200-meter individual medley. For meet results and more check back with to

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