Feb. 26, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Florida State men’s swimming and diving team used a NCAA automatic qualifying time and three school records to move into second-place on the day two of the ACC Championships in College Park, Md. FSU has 221.5 points 66 points behind first-place Virginia.
“We had to put ourselves in position in the morning and we responded tonight,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “Across the board we improved our positions. We have some gamers and when they get in finals and race they swim well.”
The Seminoles got things started with the 500 free relay. Fifth-year senior Kyle Young earned a NCAA automatic qualifying mark with a school record and second-place performance of 4:14.60. Sophomore Ian Rowe won the consolation final heat with a personal best time of 4:20.30 to finish ninth while junior Nick Graves placed 15th (4:24.04).
“When you look at Kyle and see his time you are thankful you invested in allowing him to redshirt,” Harper said. “We’re really proud of him and his training partners and that’s a testament to them and their coach Gary Taylor.”
In the 200 individual medley sophomore Robby Hayes improved his position and his school record by finishing fifth in a time of 1:46.66. In the consolation final junior Corey Swanson earned an 11th-place finish with a personal best time of 1:47.95 and sophomore Matt Shead touched the wall in 14th position (1:48.81).
“Robby made the final in seventh and moved up to fifth and that was another big swim,” Harper said. “Corey also moved up a spot in his heat and went faster too.”
A trio of seniors led the 50 free for the Garnet and Gold. Jimmy Holway went a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 19.68 to place fourth and Jarryd Both tied for fifth with a time of 19.75. Ed Denton placed 11th touching the wall in a personal best time of 19.93.
“Jimmy really swam well and he and Jarryd moved up,” Harper said. “Ed also swam well tonight moving up to third in his heat.”
Florida State finished the day with a third-place finish in the 200 free relay. The team of Holway, Botha, junior Dan Bradford and Denton set a new school record with a time of 1:18.43.
Day three will begin on Friday with preliminary action in the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back at 11:00 a.m. Live stats and live streaming video on ACC Select beginning at 7:00 p.m., are available at www.seminoles.com.