Feb. 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State swimming and diving team put itself in position to make a move with three school records and a host of personal best swims on day three of the 2009 ACC Championships in College Park, Md.
Freshman Jessica Sabotin got the Seminoles going early breaking the school record in the 400 individual medley with a NCAA provisional time of 4:14.32. Her time was good enough to get her in the final heat where she will be seeded third. Senior Meredith Martelle dropped 16 seconds from her seed time to swim a personal best 4:20.67.
“I think everyone was excited about today and I think we all looked strong and closed well on our races,” FSU head coach Neil Harper. “We had a lot of lifetime best swims and we are looking forward to tonight.”
The Garnet and Gold had its highest qualifier of the morning in the 100 breast where senior Georgia Holderness placed second with a career best and NCAA Provisional time of 1:01.67. The most dramatic moment of the morning came in a swim-off for the last spot in the final heat between the Seminoles Kylen Huntwork and Clemson’s Katrina Obas. Obas out-touched Huntwork to place the senior in 9th.
“It was really good to see Jessica get out there and get that record,” Harper said. “We knew after she swam well the other day that was a possibility and she swam a good race to put herself in position.”
Sophomore Jocelyn Phillips once again broke her own school record in the 200 free and made the final heat swimming a NCAA provisional time of 1:46.76 to finish in fourth position. Sophomore Holly Mills is seeded ninth and missed the final heat by .01 with her personal best time of 1:47.82.
“Holly Mills had a great swim and Jocelyn just followed her lead,” Harper said. “Those two train together and they were able to feed off of each other.”
In the 100 fly Florida State put three swimmers into the consolation finals. Sophomore Brittany Selts is seeded 11th with a time of 54.47, sophomore C.J. Hendry is seeded 12th after touching in 54.60 and junior Tiffany Elias is in 15th position after finishing in 55.10. All three are personal best times.
The last event of the morning saw one more school record fall as freshman Stephanie Sarndos placed 13th in the 100 back with a career best time of 54.89.
Later this afternoon the men’s divers will compete on the one-meter and the women will compete on the three-meter. Finals for the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back will begin at 7:00 p.m. For live stats and a link to ACC Select to watch all of the action log onto www.seminoles.com.