March 17, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships are set to begin Thursday, March 18 in West Lafayette, Indiana on the campus of Purdue University. Among the 322 athletes competing in the three-day meet are three Seminoles, Stephanie Sarandos, Charlotte Broadbent and Marissa Harrington.
Sophomore Sarandos is competing in the 200 IM, 100 back and 200 back. At last month’s ACC Championships she set new school records in the 100 back (54.33) and 200 back (1:54.14). She also earned All-ACC honors for her third place finish in the 200 back. This marks the second NCAA appearance for the Waukesha, WI native, who competed in the 100 and 200 back last year.
“I didn’t know what to expect last year,” said Sarandos. “I had no idea what kind of meet it was going to be. I think this year I will be a little bit more prepared, a little bit more ready to race, to compete.”
Like Sarandos, Broadbent will compete in three events at nationals, the 500 free, 400 IM and 1650 free. After moving to distance events late in the season Broadbent thrived, earning All-ACC honors for her third place finish in the 1650 free and beating the previous school record by over 20 seconds with a time of 16:16.44. In addition to reaching nationals Broadbent is excited to be competing in two of her events with teammate Harrington.
“It’s awesome, especially being with Marissa,” Broadbent said. “Stephanie went last year and it’s amazing that she gets to go again, but with me and Marissa being training partners and getting to go in the same events, it’s going to be a fun meet.”
Freshman Harrington is set to compete in the 500 free and 1650 free. Harrington has experienced an amazing first year at Florida State. She reset the 1650 school record early in the season, and although Broadbent now holds the record, Harrington shaved her time down to 16:16:65 which is now second on Florida State’s all-time list.
“I have always had this in the back of my head since the beginning of the year,” said Harrington. “What a goal to achieve. After all the work that I have done and with [distance coach] Gary [Taylor]’s help and the help of the other girls in the group, it’s really paid off. I am really excited.”
All three athletes will compete on Thursday with Sarandos in the 200 IM and Broadbent and Harrington in the 500 free. On Friday Sarandos will compete in the 100 back and Broadbent will compete in the 400 IM. On Saturday, the final day of the meet, Sarandos will compete in the 200 back while Broadbent and Harrington compete in the 1650 free.
Live meet results can be found here.
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