Sept. 30, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With opening day for the 2006-07 swimming and diving season just one week away, the Seminoles hosted their annual Garnet vs. Gold meet at the Bobby E. Leach Center Saturday. The highly competitive inter-squad scrimmage featured the women’s gold team edging out the garnet 142-129 and the men’s garnet team beating the gold 148-119.
“I think it was good preparation for them,” said head coach Neil Harper. “Certainly having a big freshman class like we have, it is good for them to get a taste of some competitiveness. We had to try to squeeze in a two and a half hour meet in an hour and a half so there weren’t too many rests and we combined some heats to make it a little bit tougher on them. We did all of this after a tough week just as it will be next week too. I think people responded well, they got behind each other and they looked after themselves and got prepared for their next race. Looking back over how hard we work this week I’m happy with the way that we look and I’m positive for next weekend.”
The meet opened up with the 200 medley relay which saw the women’s gold team of senior Romy Altmann (Cape Town, South Africa), sophomores Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) and Kelly Dean (Longwood, Fla.) and freshman Leigh Ann King (Baton Rouge, La.) win with a time of 1:47.83 while the men’s gold team of juniors Jarryd Botha (Worcester, South Africa) and Billy Jamerson (Savannah, Ga.), freshman Corey Swanson (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore Jimmy Holway (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) took first in 1:33.78.
Senior Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.) led the way for the garnet team as he picked up three individual event wins taking the 200 free (1:41.58), 100 free (46.54) and 50 free (21.05). Junior Kyle Young (Oviedo, Fla.) won both distance events touching the wall first in the 1000 free (9:23.79) and 500 free (4:34.09) while junior Ian Powell (Guernsey, Channel Islands) picked up two more wins for the garnet taking the 200 fly (1:50.80) and 100 fly (50.54).
Holderness, Altmann and freshman Jen Guyler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) each won two events for the gold. Holderness took first in the 200 breast (2:20.54) and 200 IM (2:07.50). Altmann won the 100 back (59.87) and 200 back (2:06.31) while Guyler pick up her wins in the 1000 free (10:23.78) and 500 free (5:06.33). Leigh Ann King recorded another win for the women’s gold team taking the 50 free with a time of 24.50.
Jamerson led the way for the men’s gold team as he won the 100 breast (58.07) and 200 breast (2:07.39). The men’s gold team also got wins from Botha in the 100 back (51.85) and Swanson in the 200 IM (1:57.23).
Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wis.) had an impressive showing winning two events for the women’s garnet team taking the 200 free (1:54.20) and 100 free (53.17). The garnet team also picked up wins from senior Lauren Brick (Culpepper, Va.) in the 100 breast (1:04.21), freshman Tiffany Elias (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 200 fly (2:06.03) and junior Lauren Sparg (Durban, South Africa) in 100 fly (56.12).
In diving, freshman Aleia Monden (Mililani, Hawaii) won the 1M for the garnet team with a score of 160 while freshman Terrence Horner (Orlando, Fla.) also won the 1M for the garnet team with a score of 176.
The meet concluded with the 400 free relay as the women’s garnet team of junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine), Sparg, Elias and Grimes won with a time of 3:33.15 and the men’s garnet team of Kennon, Powell, junior Michael Rice (North Miami, Fla.) and freshman David Toffaletti (Charlotte, N.C.) finished first in 3:09.91.
The Florida State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open up their seasons at home against Clemson on Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bobby E. Leach Center.