Feb. 26, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The third day of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming Championships concluded Friday and Florida State’s men’s team remains in third place with 369points. Highlights from University of North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium included Scott Thacker and Rob Holderness earning a first and second place finish in the 100 breast finals.
“Scott and Rob were obviously the highlights of the evening,” said Head Coach Neil Harper. “Matt Shead won the consolation final of the 100 breast with a time that would’ve put him in the middle of the top final had he qualified in the prelims. Our relay team also did an excellent job at the end of the night.”
Ian Rowe started the day off on a high note for the Seminoles as he finished fourth in the 400 IM prelims with a time of 3:50.67. Unfortunately, in the finals he fell to seventh place with a time of 3:51.77.
The 100 fly featured two Seminoles in the top 16 after the prelim races. Corey Swanson finished 13th in the prelims with a time of 48.41 and Matt Shead finished 15th with a time of 48.54. In the finals Swanson rose one spot to 12th place with a time of 48.38. Shead did not compete in the finals.
“I decided to pull Matt from the 100 fly finals to help him get ready for the 100 breast finals, which he was stronger in,” remarked Harper.
Senior Andy Hodgson competed in two individual events Friday, beginning with the 200 free. In the prelims Hodgson finished fifth with a time of 1:36.85. He fell to seventh in the finals with a time of 1:37.48.
The 100 breast featured the best performances by the Seminoles so far this week. After finishing first and second in the prelims, senior Scott Thacker and junior Rob Holderness held their spots in the finals. Thacker finished first with a time of 53.59. Holderness claimed second place with a personal best of 53.82. Shead, Swanson and freshman Tanner Lowman also held their positions in the consolation finals. Shead finished ninth in both rounds, and earned a finals time of 54.46. Swanson finished 11th in both races and earned a time of 55.32 in the finals. Lowman turned in two 13th place finishes and finals time of 56.10.
“I’m very happy for Scott and Rob, seeing all of their efforts pay off,” Harper said. “It’s one thing to finish in the top two spots in the prelims, but to hold those spots in the finals is really tough. They’ve worked hard all season, and it showed tonight. They not only made the team proud, they made themselves proud earning All-ACC honors. Matt, Corey and Tanner also did well in the event, and they all trained well together and have certainly benefitted from and enhanced the depth our team in the breast.”
In the 100 back the Seminoles continued the trend of duplicate prelim and finals finishes. As the only Seminole to reach the finals in the event, Hodgson finished eighth in both the prelims and the finals and recorded a finals time of 48.69.
The final event of the evening was the 400 medley relay. Florida State’s team of Hodgson, Thacker, Swanson and Robby Hayes earned a third place finish with a time of 3:13.57. The Seminoles have earned a medal in every relay event so far this meet.
“The relay was a nice way to finish today,” said Harper. “Scott had the fastest second leg in the meet and Robby had a strong anchor leg. He pushed hard at the end to out touch Virginia Tech for third.”
In addition to the men’s swimming events, results from last week’s men’s three-meter dive were added to the team scores. Florida State earned 47 team points in the event, as five Seminoles finished in the top 16. Senior Terry Horner continued to collect hardware and reset Florida State records as he earned his second three-meter dive conference title, and his third ACC Championship overall. His score of 458.50 in the finals is the highest score ever by a Seminole in the event, and the win earned the Seminole men 20 team points. Junior transfers Jordan Horsley, Landon Marzullo and Mike Neubacher finished in eighth, ninth and 15th place respectively, while freshman Nick Klein earned a 12th place showing in the first ACC conference meet event of their careers.
At the end of day two Virginia still leads the men’s team standings with 543.5 points, followed by UNC with 444.5, Florida State with 369 and Virginia Tech with 255.5 points. Tomorrow the men return to the pool with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and the 400 free relay. Results from the men’s platform dive will also be added to the team scores.
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