February 17, 2010 - by
ACC Championships Begin

Feb. 17, 2010


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CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Florida State women’s swimming and diving team arrived on the campus of University of North Carolina Tuesday evening to begin their quest for an ACC title. On Wednesday night the competition got underway and after two events the Seminoles reached the medal stand once and are tied for third place with 60 points.

“I’m excited for the team and think we had a good start,” said Head Coach Neil Harper.

The Seminoles finished fifth in the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay. Senior Shanda Casella, freshman Kristine Polley, junior Brittany Selts and senior Stevi Steinhauer combined for a national qualifying `B”-cut time of 1:41.20. They also earned 28 team points in the event.

In the 800 free relay, Florida State earned a third place finish and spot on the winners podium with their fastest time of the season. Juniors Holly Mills and C.J. Hendry, sophomore Stephanie Sarandos and junior Jocelyn Phillips combined for a national qualifying `B”-cut time of 7:10.13.

“We’re really excited about that last race,” Coach Harper said.  “We put it all together, stayed with the game plan and came back strong.“

The current leaders in the meet are Virginia who swept both events and earned 80 points, followed by North Carolina with 66 points and Florida State and Maryland tied with 60 points each.

“Our two relays are over and now it’s up to our individuals to do well tomorrow morning in the prelims and in the finals tomorrow night,” remarked Harper.

Tomorrow the women return to the pool with 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 200 free relay and one-meter dive scheduled.

In addition to the women’s swimming and diving team, the men’s diving squad is also competing at the ACC Championships this week. Their first event, the three-meter dive takes place tomorrow.

Fans can watch all of the ACC Championship events live online by clicking here.

For more news and coverage of the Seminoles stay tuned to www.seminoles.com or follow the team on Twitter @fsu_swimming.

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